The man in the pic is actor George Cole who played Arthur Daley,a dodgyused car salesman and "Entreprenuer" in the TV series "Minder" in the 80's.
The battered red box is what the Chancellor of the Exchequer carries his speech to parliament in on budget day. This speech tells us all how prudent he is and howhe is going to rip us off in taxes over the next year or so. :shock:
Well that brings back a memory or three. I was in England regularly (3-4 times a year) between 1980 and 1985 and I remember that "Minder". It was a TV serial and was a big hit over that way. The guy playing Arthur Daly was really made for the part, he had the shifty look down to a fine art.