Sugar and Hornby: why they're hired
It's a tale of two appointments - and of two rather different controversies.
Gordon Brown's "you're hired" to Sir Alan Sugar has elicited - as the most polite reaction - wry smiles and chortles from the business leaders I've asked about it.
Of course, they must all be bloomin' snobs and stinkin' elitists.
But I think if Sir Alan were judging the vague statements from the government about what he'll actually do as official "Enterprise Champion", I suspect he would launch one of his characteristics tirades against a business plan that seems a bit lacking in detail and firm commitments.
But he apparently thinks we should be a bit more tolerant of G Brown than he is of the contestants on his show.
The other appointment - which is pretty certain but not yet signed off - is that of Andy Hornby as the new chief executive of Alliance Boots.
The owners of the business, Stefano Pessina and the private equity firm, KKR, are extremely keen to have him - even though he's what you might describe as a brave choice. Pessina has wanted him for weeks.
As the erstwhile chief executive of HBOS who was at the helm when it avoided full nationalisation only by being swallowed up by Lloyds, well his reputation isn't quite what it was.
Now it's fair to say that the £11bn of losses HBOS announced for 2008 weren't all his fault. Some of the strategic errors that led to the loss were the legacy of his predecessor, Sir James Crosby.
But he's not blameless.
The counter-argument is that until he became HBOS's chief executive, he had an outstanding track record as retailer (as evidenced by Boots's attempt to poach him from HBOS to be CEO as long ago as 2003, when he was the most golden of the UK's young execs).
Apart from being brainy, Hornby is likeable and self-effacing.
There's just that slight problem of having broken quite a substantial bank.
He's almost certainly unemployable at a substantial publicly listed company: the big investment institutions wouldn't have him in a business they control (or so leading headhunters and brokers tell me).
But Alliance Boots is a private business and can do what it likes.
Although given that it'll want to sell the company back to the stock market in three or four years, Hornby will have to go on something of a charm offensive over the coming years - if that is he has the stomach for taking a job that will see him back in the spotlight and will not elicit the kindest of commentary from much of the media.