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Unspun: The Politics Diary

Cabbies, naw!

MOST of us, getting by taxi from A to B, want a quiet time, without the benefit of what the driver read in the Daily Mail that morning. Now we are offered the ghastly prospect of Cabbies for Yes, taxi drivers who will make our ears bleed from pro-independence rhetoric while we are trapped in their vehicles. Better Together have not felt the need to formalise such an effort. Perhaps unorganized, it is happening anyway. All we can say to both sides is "gie's peace."

Whom to trust?

AFTER Mark Carney's contribution to the referendum debate - regarded by most as less than helpful to the Braveheart cause - one pro-independence figure at Westminster quipped, tongue firmly in his cheek: "You just can't trust the Canadians."

Looking for action

THE Governor of the Bank of England wasn't wrong when he described his speech on currency unions as "technocratic". The address was short on rhetoric and long on graphs, and a copious list of academic references. Mr Carney did strike a lighter note, however, when he was asked when he would be returning north of the Border. In the summer, he said, because he is very much looking forward to watching some Commonwealth Games action in Glasgow.

The morning after

SCOTS Secretary Alistair Carmichael was brave enough to speak at an academic conference on the future of our universities. He promptly got monstered by a delegate from the University of the West of Scotland who harangued him for "a disappointing 25 minutes of negativity" and another delegate from Glasgow Caledonian University who wanted to pick a fight with every aspect of UK Higher Education policy. The MP for Orkney and Shetland said he would take it on the chin, but admitted: "I knew it was a mistake to agree to be here the morning after Up Helly Aa."

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