Kraft and Keynsham: Westminster summons the Americans.
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Most people in Keynsham now think the Americans were lying all along. Their famous pledge to save the town's chocolate factory melted faster than a Curly Wurly left out in the sun, and locals don't buy the Kraft line that "we were surprised how far advanced plans for the closure programme were".
"That's just nonsense," scoffs Andy Nicholls, the Somerdale rep from Unite the Union. "The plans were all over the internet, we were only ever a publicity stunt."
But losing their reputation in a small town midway between Bath and Bristol probably doesn't bother Kraft execs in Northfield, Illinois too much.
On Tuesday, we find out if it bothers the Americans what Parliament thinks of them.
The Select Committee on Business was already investigating takeovers and mergers when the Chocolate Wars broke out. So when Kraft did their infamous U-Turn, the MPs summoned the American execs to explain themselves. At 11am, Kraft's Vice-President, Marc Firestone, will settle down in Committee Room 16 and face the music.
As luck would have it, we have a West Country MP on this committee, Roger Berry. In fact his Kingswood constituency borders Keynsham, so he knows it well.
"On the face of it Kraft have engaged in some pretty sharp practice," Mr Berry tells me. "So we have a responsibility to probe very carefully."
Can't wait till 11am to hear what the Americans say to our MPs? Well, after chatting to everyone involved, here's my prediction of how the crucial bit of the meeting will go.
Berry: Why exactly did you decided to pledge to continue production at Somerdale?
Firestone: Well Sir, we always believed that our new company would be a net investor in UK manufacturing, as we still do. And we were sincere in our pledge that we would do all in our power to continue the Somerdale operation.
Berry: So when did you change your mind, and why?
Firestone: Gentlemen, you have to remember this was a hostile bid for most of its life. We had no access to any Cadbury documents. Only when the joint boards agreed the terms of the bid did we see how far advanced the plans to close Somerdale and transfer production to Poland were. And even then we were asking, can we reverse this? But we were told it was just too late. We are truly sorry to all those partners and associates in Somerdale who had hoped, as we did, that we would not be in this position.
Berry: Come on Mr Firestone, you borrowed upwards of £7bn for this deal, are you telling us your due diligence people couldn't see how far this closure programme was advanced? It was all over the internet, even the BBCs own blogger on this subject could see the train was already out of the station! [ok, my vanity got the better of my judgement there! But do read the piece, written on the day they finally abandoned Keynsham.]
Firestone: Sir, I can only tell you that without access to Cadbury documents were in no position to identify how far advanced that closure programme was. And our due diligence process does not give any credence to unsubstantiated rumours on the internet.
Ok, for our lawyers I should restate that this is entirely my imagination here. Though I have Roger Berry's list of questions from the horse's mouth, as it were. And Kraft, it seems, will just tough this one out.
Can anything be done for Keynsham? In a word, no. The deal is done, the factory is closing the jobs are going. But Mr Berry believes things can usefully be done to stop it happening again.
First, he wants the law changing to ban takeover-gamblers from voting in deals.
"30% of the shares changed hands during the takeover war," he tells me. "These were all hedge funds and short-term investors, who then all promptly voted for the takeover. They should be barred from voting if they came in after the bid was issued." He's not alone in this, Cadbury's own former Chairman, Roger Carr, made the same point in February. Though it's worth noting he never pointed this out before the deal was signed.
Second, Mr Berry wants takeover rules here to protect workers and local communities as well as investors. At present our rules only ensure that competitors are not harmed by large monopolies arising out of mergers, and that shareholders aren't sold a pup. In committee tomorrow, Jack Dromey, of Unite the Union, will call for a "Cadbury Law", allowing governments to block takeovers which are 'against the national interest'.
What we've learned from Kraft v Keynsham, as they will surely call the movie, is this. Right now, you can tell an entire town that you'll save their most famous factory if they back you, then within a week of getting the keys abandon them. And you won't have broken a single meaningful law. Mr Berry thinks that should change. Will his committee agree?