Fresh questions have been raised over whether BBC Business editor Robert Peston is being used as a Government stooge during the financial crisis.
On Wednesday’s 10 O’Clock News, Mr Peston breathlessly reported that Sir Fred Goodwin was already drawing a pension of £650,000-a-year.
He said that his pension post was worth a ‘handsome’ £16million. It was revealed yesterday that Sir Fred can actually claim an annual pension of £693,000.
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The announcement completely overshadowed yesterday’s disclosure that RBS had made a record £24billion loss – the biggest-ever in UK corporate history – and that the taxpayer would be insuring the bank against future losses of £325billion.
The timing of the story has once again sparked suspicions that the journalist is being used by the government to play down its own part in the current mess.
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Rather than focus on the fact that the public were being asked to insure RBS against losses, the story of Goodwin diverted attention.