Not quite a Lobby veteran, but 16 years at the heart of power has taken its toll as my hair is turning white and politicians are beginning to recognise me. Remain sane, but still deeply sceptical.
In an exclusive interview with The Herald, the outspoken MEP says:
* The 2014 European elections will be a watershed for UKIP in Scotland.
* UKIP could emulate the Reform Party of Canada – which went on to form part of the largest party in the Ottawa parliament – and "do something dramatic and remarkable".
Whitehall sources pointed to institutions like the BBC, the DVLA, the Passport Agency, the UK Border Agency, Ofcom, the Pensions Regulator, UK Financial Investments, the Civil Aviation Authority and the Met Office as examples.