October 24, 2009

Prince Andrew defended big bonuses on Saturday, saying they were “minute” in the grand scheme of things but were an easy target for people angry at the financial crisis.

“I don’t want to demonise the banking and financial sector,” the Duke of York, Queen Elizabeth II’s second son and the special representative for international trade and investment, told the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

“Bonuses, in the scheme of things, are minute. They are easy to target.

“A number (of people) will have abused their privilege of a bonus, so get rid of the excesses, but don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.”

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