Draft bill could be pushed through in a single day as deadline approaches for private buyers to rescue stricken bank The Government has drafted a nationalisation bill for Northern Rock to bring the stricken bank into public ownership as early as February should it fail to strike a deal with a private buyer. Downing Street has opened talks with the Conservatives over the nationalisation bill, hoping that with bi-partisan support it could be rushed through both houses of parliament in a single day. The Treasury refused to comment on the bill, which it has instructed parliamentary draftsmen to write so that it is there as a fallback option should attempts to sell Northern Rock fail. It has also sought external advice from lawyers on the draft. A Treasury spokesman said the Chancellor's preference was for Northern Rock to be bought by a private bidder. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/ma...AVCBQYIV0?xml=/money/2007/12/05/cnrock105.xml Hum...maybe the U.S. should nationalize subprime mortgages ?