Daily Archives: February 11, 2009

John Gapper

Well, here I am in Washington, sitting in the House financial services committee room, listening to the House representatives laying into the Wall Street bosses. We have now taken a break for lunch and so far, US politicians have proved less fearsome than British ones.

When the former bosses of Royal Bank of Scotland and HBOS appeared before the UK Treasury select committee this week, they received an undiluted dose of scorn and criticism of the kind in which British members of parliament specialise. Read more

John Gapper

I have never known quite what to make of Bob Lutz, the “product czar” of General Motors, who has decided to retire in April on the grounds that the industry is no fun any more.

Mr Lutz, who is 76 and therefore about the oldest person left in the Detroit auto industry, was a journalists’ dream – accessible, funny, tactless and full of provocative (if sometimes contradictory) views about an industry he knew well. Read more