Nice, but untrue. The fact is that after Abbey National's pounds 1.4bn "intervention" last week, ScotAm's refusal to contemplate the bid received more lashings than Charlton Heston during the chariot race in Ben Hur.
Yet, had the Pru not dashed ScotAm's go-it-alone dreams with its own pounds 1.9bn offer, there was every sign that its directors intended to put their proposals to a ballot of all policyholders.
Had they done so, they would have been crushed by angry ScotAm members.
But hey, some things in life are worth fighting for - and a juicy pounds 14.4m share bonus if ScotAm's plans had been given the go-ahead was definitely one of them.
Now that all this has been kicked into touch, where does this leave 1.1 million ScotAm policyholders?
At the moment, Prudential appears to be ahead in the bidding war.
This is because, despite the fact that the company's shareholders might pick up ScotAm on the cheap, the Pru has found a clever way of unlocking more of the firm's value and passing it back to policyholders.
The next two weeks will be interesting. There is a serious chance that other bidders may enter the race for ScotAm.
Not all their offers will look the same. In essence, however, they will have to improve on the Pru's combination of pounds 400m in cash or shares plus pounds 400m in annual and terminal bonuses to policies.
As events unfold, we will do our best in these pages to explain what is happening and what the best choices are.
What this also raises is another issue, that of how mutual insurers survive in today's far more hostile climate.
Many are far too small to float - even ScotAm wanted a period of several years while it went on a steroid-like race for growth. Even so, as Prudential's bid shows, there are ways of unlocking more of the benefits of life funds, hitherto untouchable, for policyholders.
What it requires, however, is for strong companies, with very large life funds of their own, to assist in the takeover.
In short, prepare for a wave of mutual insurance company takeovers from some of their bigger, already quoted brethren.
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