Scotland faces job losses in the wake of the tsunami in the world’s financial markets. Alex Salmond leaps into action. But the fate of a Scottish car number plate may be a salutary metaphor for the SNP and its leader
This will be remembered as the week as memorable of the Wall Street Crash in 1929. The upheavals in stock markets around the world were matched by the personal tragedies of countless individuals fearing job losses, pension and savings wipe-ups.
It was hardly worth trying to write a topical blog post, as the big issue moved on in the space of hours, from one story to the next.
One of the stories of the week was the takeover of HBOS by Lloyds TSB. Jobs in Edinburgh were under threat, as Scottish politicians and trade-union leaders were quick to point out.
Alex Salmond was among the most vociferous voices to be heard, as he denounced the bunch of spivs who had effectively stealing Scottish jobs.
A light-hearted diversion
A light-hearted diversion in the middle of the bleakest of weeks was news of the fate of another bit of Scotland’s heritage. S1, the first Scottish car number plate, was flogged off for around £400,000. By the English of course. By a bunch of spivs as Alex might have said.
The winning bidder from the company Bold Registrations, who declined to be named, agreed to pay £397,500, inclusive of buyer’s premium.
He said: “I believe that number plates in general are a good investment, even at this price.
“The registration number will remain in the UK and will be going on an old red Skoda which will be seen around the Midlands.”
I couldn’t help noting the irony of the old red Skoda.
As the week ended, a glimmer of hope reported in the Telegraph
Since Sunday two of the world’s biggest investment banks have collapsed while an emergency takeover had to be arranged for HBOS, Britain’s biggest mortgage and savings bank. The partial recovery came after the US government unveiled a rescue package to take on bad bank debts
Is this a dove bearing a sprig of Scottish heather?