Bankers are not normally associated with comedy so it was interesting to see Mark Duffy, former chief executive of Bank of Scotland (Ireland), providing the whole country with a great laugh on Questions & Answers last night.
The question under discussion was the evoting debacle.
Duffy: The thing that stood out for me was the lack of accountability. I work in an environment where if you screw up somebody pays.
Bowman: Was that banking? (Loud laughter from the audience, the panel and I’m sure all across Ireland).
Duffy: I work on the basis if you do a bad job you don’t get paid, if you do a very bad job you lose it.
Bowman: (incredulous). But the bankers did a very bad job and they were paid bonuses.
Duffy: No, I’m looking at this from the perspective of where I’m working and our principles and philosophy
Bowman: I’m looking at what actually happened.
Duffy: When I look at what happened I see no apologies, I see no accountability, I see nobody stepping down.