BACKGROUND The former chief of Royal Bank of Scotland who led the bank to disaster has an enormous pension, and lots of people are unhappy about this. However he has a contract to justify it, and the pension was specifically accepted by the government when they intervened in the bank. If there is an objection to him drawing his huge pension it has to be resolved by the courts. Probably there isn't one. TODAY UK deputy prime minister Harriet Harman has come up with the following: "Sir Fred Goodwin should not count on being 650,000 pounds a year better off, because that's not going to happen. The prime minister has said that it is not acceptable, and therefore it will not be accepted. It may be enforceable in a court of law, this contract, but it is not enforceable in the court of public opinion. And that is where the government steps in." Harman keeps up pressure on ex-RBS boss | UK | Reuters The prime minister has not distanced himself from this comment from his deputy. The UK government is claiming that it can act without reference to the courts. This is dictatorship. If they can get away with this they can cancel the next election.