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In the reality world

Standard Life’s latest strategy for ensuring that its demut-ualisation vote goes to plan involves pandering to the reality TV crowd.

Apparently, these people are the 25-35-year-olds glued to the likes of Big Brother and X Factor and least likely to vote in this spring’s SGM.

The Diary is not sure if Standard will be approa-ching the likes of George Galloway or Dennis Rodman to wear the inevitable campaign T-shirts and, if so, whether it will be just as successful as dressing Sandy Crombie in a Keep SL Mutual T-shirt in 2000.Christmas may be long gone but it is always somehow on the mind of the Diary and, with many companies cancelling Christmas parties or downscaling them to cut costs, it is good to see that Halifax was still pulling out all the stops to entertain its staff.

Apparently, the firm shelled out 100,000 to get ex-Pop Idol star Will Young to warble his way through 15 numbers at its bash, putting others to shame. Who gives you extra?


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