An alleged obsession with filing cabinets, cars, carpets and Christmas cards might explain why his bank almost failed.
By Iain Martin
Scotland's chief legal officer has rebuked Vince Cable for intervening in Scottish prosecutors' deliberation about whether or not to take action against the directors of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) at the time of the taxpayer bailout in 2008.
The former banker fingered last week for a "colossal failure" of management that led to a taxpayer bailout of one of Britain's largest banks is facing mounting calls from members of parliament to hand back part of his £20m pension pot.
Royal Bank of Scotland is being sued for misleading investors during its £12bn emergency fundraising in 2008, in a landmark joint claim brought by Dutch bank ING and pension funds for British coal miners.
If Fred Goodwin deserved to be stripped of his knighthood, so does Sir James Crosby.
The Observer interviews former UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling
It's like Christmas all over again – for a lucky handful at least.
Tory MPs are calling for Sir Victor Blank and Sir James Crosby to be stripped of their knighthoods for their roles in the merger of Lloyds and HBOS at the height of the financial crisis.
Former chancellor Alistair Darling has led a political backlash against the decision to strip Fred Goodwin of his knighthood, describing the move as "tawdry".