Sir Sean Connery has given his backing to a legal bid to halt the merger of HBOS and Lloyds TSB, campaigners said, The Telegraph reports.
The Merger Action Group (MAG) said the former 007 actor sent them a personal message of support ahead of today's hearing at the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT).
The campaign group said Sir Sean made it clear he did not believe the merger was in the best interests of Scotland or HBOS.
BARACK OBAMA WARNED Americans yesterday that the US economic crisis will deepen next year, as he revealed the first details of a massive stimulus package that could ultimately exceed $1trn, according to The Times.
The President-elect, giving the most extensive interview since winning the election a month ago, spoke the day after he announced the biggest public works construction programme since Dwight Eisenhower created the interstate highway system half a century ago.
In saying twice that "things are going to get worse before they get better", Mr Obama was not simply reflecting the realities of the stricken US economy but seeking to gain political advantage from the financial crisis.
US PRESIDENT-ELECT Barack Obama pledged not to allow the ailing US car industry to collapse, as Congress neared a deal to bail out America's biggest auto producers, The Telegraph also reports.
Mr Obama said: "The last thing I want to see is the auto industry disappear," but added that in return for government cash the companies would have to overhaul their businesses, cutting costs and focusing on producing more environmentally-friendly cars.
As he was speaking last night, US politicians were working on a deal to provide General Motors, Ford and Chrysler with an emergency cash infusion.
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