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Unspun: The Political Diary

Lights out

Lights out

THERE were a few red faces at the Scottish Green Energy Awards when Alistair Carmichael stepped up to deliver the keynote address and the lights failed. As the Secretary of State was plunged into darkness at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, a wag at the black tie bash shouted: "Put another 50p in the meter!"

Generation Game

WHAT constitutes a generation? Alex Salmond once proposed that should Scotland vote No to independence that would be it for a generation, often defined as 20-30 years. This week his deputy Nicola Sturgeon tried to push the definition down to 15 years.

How can this be? Well, she was speaking in Dundee, teenage pregnancy capital of Scotland, where 15 years may be about right.


SIR Bernard Ingham, the blunt Yorkshireman who was the Iron Lady's media chief, made his telling contribution to the independence debate. He said: "I've never understood the Scots at all and I defy anybody to understand the Scots." Ecky thump!

Indy Bru

COULD this beer, spotted in Glasgow's famous Horseshoe bar, be the official tipple of Yes Scotland? For reasons lost in the mists of time, but believed to relate to a penchant for moleskin apparel, the campaign's PR man Ian McKerron is fondly known as the 'Molecatcher'.

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