Ok, this week's poll results were as follows:
Friday 18th Jan
Before the end of January
Before the end of February
Virgin take-over spectacular!
Now we all know the Government changed the rules of the game so that although the debt is to be nationalised, it won't be paid for by the private sector.
This means that the final answer is the winner, well done everyone (it was my vote too!)
Now onto the next question - who will Brown choose out of Virgin Money and Olivant?
The whole brand regeneration story would suggest Virgin which has the advantage of being a real business too, albeit a little subscale.
Olivant has some heavyweight management; but is financial re-engineering the answer to Northern Wreck's issues? I personally think not and that Private Equity would have a hard time, except if it is just a scam to rob the government for a few years.
So my bet is with Virgin Money to come out on top by the end of February.
A lot of mandarins at the Bank of England must be sighing that they have had a close escape from having to manage in the with the real world..