Lincolnshire pensioner Joan Woolard slams Barclays directors at bank's AGM as a 'bunch of crooks'
A Spalding pensioner was met with a round of applause at the Barclays Bank AGM when she called its board a 'bunch of crooks'.
Widow Joan Woolard, 75, travelled down to the annual meeting in London to condemn the City’s bonus culture.
She slammed the bank's directors for handing out seven figure bonuses and demanded to know why nobody had been jailed.
Mocking the new Barclays motto – ‘the go-to bank’ – she added: ‘Go-to? Go to hell Barclays! A lot of people regard Barclays and its board as a bunch of crooks.
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‘My income is £726 a month. I live quite well on that – I don’t understand why anyone needs a million, even to live in London.
‘Anyone who asks for more than that is a greedy bastard – pardon my French.
‘Banks have brought us down – brought the entire global economy down. Yet none of you have gone to jail.
‘I don’t understand how you can sleep at night.’
Her emotional outburst was greeted by a round of applause from her fellow shareholders at the meeting.
Sir David Walker, who took over last year as chairman to help restore the bank’s reputation, responded to Mrs Woolard.
He said: 'It’s important to – with humility and modesty – recognise the extent to which those comments were recognised and approved of by others in the audience. I readily agree that Barclays overpaid in the past – it’s not going there again.'