Drumlanrig: Comedy gold on the conference platform

David Cameron. Picture: AP

David Cameron. Picture: AP

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IT’S many moons now since the SNP were described as the Tartan Tories. But at yesterday’s conference in Inverness, there were signs of a defection that no-one could have predicted.

To an expectant crowd in the Eden Court Theatre, business manager Derek Mackay announced the next speaker as “Annabel Goldie”.

There was laughter from the audience and blushes from Mackay as Annabelle Ewing (right) took to the stage. Realising his mistake, Mackay tried to rescue the situation by adding: “Unlikely… but even better, Annabelle Ewing”.

Ewing brushed aside the “interesting and unique introduction” before launching into her speech.

Yes campaign team finds itself sidetracked

With 18 months until the referendum, it may be a bit early for the Yes Scotland campaign to grind to a halt. It kind of happened yesterday as the train to Inverness carrying campaign chief Blair Jenkins and his team broke down near Dalwhinnie. Susan Stewart tweeted “Where’s Keith Brown [transport minister] when you need him?”

PM the butt of a little schoolboy humour

Sadly missed from the Scottish Parliament is Jamie Stone (below), the former Liberal Democrat MSP fondly remembered as Holyrood’s Gussie Fink-Nottle.

Gordonstoun-educated Stone gave us a reminder of his endearing public school sense of humour when he announced at his party’s recent conference that the Lib Dem MP Lord Thurso was David Cameron’s “fag-master” at Eton.

“He was pretty good to young Cameron and only beat him when it was necessary,” claimed Stone.

Lib Dem comic turn is no laughing matter

Speaking of Lord Thurso, the aristocrat representing Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross was supposed to 
be the comic turn at the Lib Dems dinner held after conference for grandees, the great and the good.

The thought of Thurso’s humorous speech was not exactly being greeted with feverish excitement by one 
very senior delegate.

“John Thurso’s jokes are so old, they’ll be written on papyrus,” the unkind delegate said.

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