Jim Ratcliffe contrived to unite (no union jibe intended) our bickering political leaders in support of Grangemouth.
The Ineos boss has certainly focused minds on what's really best for Scotland, in contrast to the usual petty party self-interest.
Ratcliffe has been painted as an uncaring billionaire capitalist — a real-life JR, indeed — deciding the fate of his 1350 Grangemouth workers while languishing aboard his £130m superyacht on the French Riviera.
He was, in fact, in Edinburgh and London last week, but he could as easily have been sailing off into the sunset and leaving Scotland behind for good.
Cameron has been urging British energy consumers to fight fuel price hikes by changing suppliers.
That's exactly what Ratcliffe was threatening, to quit Grangemouth and shop around for a better deal.
That he didn't was not down to his social conscience as much as the knowledge there was still a buck to be made in Scotland, but only with a compliant workforce.
Ineos is accused of creative accountancy, making a successful plant look like a loss-maker.
How can Grangemouth be worth £1bn-a-year to the Scottish economy, yet be losing £10m-a-month?
Whatever the merits of either claim, Ratcliffe double-bluffed a deal from Unite and cash guarantees from Holyrood and Westminster.
He also, we should acknowledge, guaranteed Grangemouth's future.
He plans to sink £300m into building a terminal to ship in cheap liquid shale gas from America, where it costs 75% less than in Europe, and the UK and Scottish governments will put up £150m in loan guarantees and a £9m grant.
What this whole sorry episode again brings into stark focus is our complete lack of control over the country's strategic assets.
Our major energy companies are already largely foreign owned, while new nuclear plants in England will be built with French and Chinese money.
So who ultimately will have their finger on the UK light switch?
Grangemouth has highlighted the utter impotence of governments - and unions - in the face of corporate intransigence.
Salmond at least made efforts to find a buyer for the site, but not one creative thought emerged from No10 and there was only management-bashing from Labour.
YOU may well ask, who gave an unelected individual the power to hold the entire country over an oil barrel?
Is it wise to allow any individual to control the biggest and most important industrial complex in Scotland?
Despite his PetroChina partners, you can't even dismiss Ratcliffe as another Johnny Foreigner. He's a Yorkshireman, albeit foreign-based.
But you don't get to be a billionaire, building in just 15 years one of the world's largest petrochemical companies, by being a one-nation soft touch.
In 2009, the Labour Government refused his request to defer a £350m VAT repayment for a year - so Ratcliffe moved his Ineos head office to Switzerland.
It also saved him £100m in corporation tax.
Salmond will no doubt have pondered whether an independent Scotland could have tempted him with a better deal, but Ratcliffe is not alone in losing faith in the UK as a manufacturing base.
Manufacturing has been criminally ignored by successive governments, allowed to shrink amid the pursuit of free trade to boost a private sector economy dominated by London.
Grangemouth workers meanwhile should be asking why they were taken to the brink in a dispute which started over a shop steward's alleged political moonlighting.
Such a disciplinary matter, involving the murky allegations of vote rigging at a Falkirk by-election, had nothing to do with workers' rights or conditions at the plant.
BUT it was allowed to degenerate into a strike threat, a counter shutdown, and then complete capitulation by Unite and their "warts and all" acceptance of management terms.
Ineos had asked for a two-month no-strike deal. What they got was three years, no further full-time union conveners, an unspecified "headcount reduction", and a strangehold on pay and pensions.
Those workers may also wonder why Ratcliffe felt it necessary to emphasise that their no-strike pledge was "legally enforceable".
Knowing what the future really holds for Grangemouth will require more than another neat trick.
SIR ALEX FERGUSON'S autobiography has predictably struck some nerves.
The Govan knight took the hairdryer to assorted Manchester United legends.
Even David Beckham, writes Fergie, "may at some point in his life feel the urge to say, 'I made a mistake'."
Yes, Becks is 38 now and with Posh Spice and the four weans is bravely fighting austerity with just £200m in the bank.
It reminds me of another United legend, the incomparable George Best, recalling an incident towards the end of his wayward career.
A waiter delivering champagne to his London hotel suite saw thousands in casino winnings sharing the bed with the scantily clad current Miss World.
"Mr Best," asked the waiter, "where did it all go wrong?" Classic.