[A report in today’s edition of The Herald contains the following:]
Business Secretary Vince Cable has criticised Scottish authorities amid accusations they are dragging their feet over the potential prosecution of Fred Goodwin and other former directors of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) following the bank's near-collapse.
Mr Cable made a dramatic intervention in the inquiry by calling for a decision from the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service as soon as possible on whether or not legal action will be taken. He warned that public confidence in its work was at stake.
The Crown Office responded by suggesting it would be unfortunate if Mr Cable's comments could be seen as attempted interference with the independent investigation.
The Liberal Democrat MP's Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) asked authorities to look into the actions of the bank's former bosses more than a year ago, following legal advice that prosecutions could be possible. But it has heard nothing since.
[Criticism of the Crown Office over delay! Whoever would have thought it! Here and here and here and here are just a few examples of what this blog has had to say about Crown Office delaying tactics in the Megrahi case.]