It is a time for goodbyes
Bye bye Michael Martin, Speaker of the Houses of Parliament. He failed to recognise the seriousness of the MPs expenses scandal and antagonised the public with his lack of penitence, at a time when sackcloth, ashes and self-flagellation are de rigeur among politicians.
The Sir Fred Goodwin of politics, one could call him, in memory of the ousted Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) boss, also rather lacking in the breast-beating department.
Bye bye Sir Victor Blank, the chairman who is being pushed out of Lloyds Banking Group following what is perceived as a disastrous takeover of HBOS by Lloyds. The lack of proper due diligence failed to reveal the full extent of the former’s ghastly balance sheet – although CEO Eric Daniels personally took the blame.