RBS irony

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I REFER to two articles on 8 March. One brief report noted that a 44-year-old man has been arrested following a raid at a branch of Royal Bank of Scotland that netted thousands of pounds. He now faces court and possibly many years in jail, if convicted

On the same page, you report the bonus payments paid out at a nationally owned bank, the very bank that had to be saved by the taxpayer due to bankers’ incompetence and whereby they are taking not thousands, but millions of pounds from taxpayers every year. Can we expect that those responsible for the bank collapses will also be swiftly put through the courts and penal institutions?

David Johnstone

McLaren Terrace


The conjunction of two reports in your edition of 8 March amused me. One was that a man had been arrested over an alleged robbery at a branch of Royal Bank of Scotland in which some thousands of pounds had been taken. The other was your lead story of RBS directors pocketing shares potentially worth £18 million, shortly after £576m had been put in a bonus pot for senior executives in our loss-making bank. Truly , it’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it.

S Beck 

Craigleith Drive