We shouldn't forget, in both the Terry and Huhne cases, that in the eyes of the law neither has been proven guilty yet, both are protesting their innocence and both could be reinstated in their positions of authority before the summer is out. However, one thing was made very clear this week: no matter how large your pay cheque, how important your position, or how many fans cheer your name from the stands on a Saturday afternoon, slip up and be prepared to face the consequences.
We are told that this has all been done for the benefit of the UK, and to stop us falling into further debt, while the rest of Europe just looks at us as though we are that awkward woman that no matter how many drinks you've bought and compliments you give her, still thinks you don't like her. Sigh.
According to the latest installment of bien pensant Westminster opinion, parliament is resurgent. This status update comes by virtue of its triumph in forcing Stephen Hester, the Chief Executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, to scrape by on only his £1 million salary, foregoing those little extra luxuries brought to him by his £1 million bonus.
With bankers' bonus season in full swing, and thanks to relatively recent European rules, we at least get to see exactly the sort of pay deals being awarded to the top bankers in the City. RBS chief executive Stephen Hester's bonus, which he eventually turned down following public outrage, will be followed by a series of other bonus announcements in the coming weeks.
The popular sport of 'bashing bankers', such a ubiquitous feature of global discourse over the last few years, is gearing up for a fresh season. The prize catch this year is Stephen Hester, Chief Executive of the troubled Royal Bank of Scotland, who waived his share-bonus valued at £963,000 after coming under a bruising barrage of public vitriol and political point-scoring.
Everything in moderation, isn't that how the saying goes? If a week can be summarised by its headlines, this week it was everything in moderation except bonuses and fast-food. The remuneration packages offered to Britain's fat cats are hardly a new topic of contention, but RBS chief executive Stephen Hester has become something of a poster child for the subject, making the announcement of his annual bonus a must-debate topic whichever side of the argument you fall and a juicy bone for our politicians to fight over.
David Cameron is facing pressure to explain how RBS chief Stephen Hester was allowed to be awarded a £963,000 bonus after Ed Miliband and Boris Johns...