Relax, I'm not advocating a rise in Sir Fred Goodwin's already obscene pension. Instead, I suggest a second knighthood.
In 2010, we need to be imaginative in taking whatever measures we deem necessary to recoup our losses of 2009.
So why not bestow this unique honour upon Sir Fred? It costs nothing to hand out a knighthood and in doing so we can raise a small fortune for the taxpayer from whoever bids the highest to bring the sword down (gently) upon Sir Sir Fred.