Scot at the top

It’s a revolution.  Irn Bru is soon to be made available in the vending machines of Davis Polk offices the world over, with deep fried Mars bars, square sausages and inside-out animal stomachs set to hit the canteen menus after the firm elected a Scotsman as its new managing partner (see story).

The 160-year-old US firm plumped for Kirkcaldy’s second-favourite son Tom Reid after previous top dog John Ettinger shocked New York by standing aside earlier this year.

Even more shocked will be the Davis Polk partnership after it emerged that the vast majority thought that he was from New Zealand.

“Where in the hell is Scotchland anyhow?” asked one bemused partner. “I thought it was my neighbourhood whisky store.”

“Ye’re aye best to caa canny fan it comes tae lookin’ efter yer siller,” Reid may well have commented.

Jings, hoots and havers.


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