FRED THE SHRED



I N S P I R A T I O N


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Fred The Shred

I was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire. At Glasgow I studied law.

I qualified in chartered accountancy when I was twenty four.

Then I worked at Rosyth dockyard. I became a partner with Touche Ross

And at the age of thirty two, one thousand people called me boss.

Chorus

I am Sir Frederick Anderson Goodwin. I am known as Fred the Shred.

When I joined the bank it was in the black but now it's in the red.


My rise was meteoric, to chief executive no less,

By ruthlessness and cut and thrust, whilst riding out the stress.

The Royal Bank of Scotland was my trade when I was forty years old.

It became the fifth largest bank in the world and it's assets rose fourfold.


I built a paper empire with vision and with a quest,

And with a string of acquisitions until the whole damn thing went west.

Then the UK taxpayers baled me out, when I ran out of luck.

Though they fund my six figure pension, for them I do not give a fuck.


My father was a working man. I am an electrician's son.

These days I take out super injunctions so no-one will know what I have done

And no-one will know with whom I have slept or with whom I have been seen.

I've not got anything to hide, I just don't want you to know where I've been.


Paul J Openshaw (2011)

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