Drumlanrig: Even cabbies flustered by Farage farrago

Nigel Farage. Picture: Julie Bull

Nigel Farage. Picture: Julie Bull

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The Farage stushie in and around the Canon’s Gait pub has already entered Scottish political folklore. Shortly after it was over and the Ukip leader had been escorted off the premises in a polis meat wagon, thirsty hacks retreated to the Holyrood bar to swap “war stories”.

Apparently, one had spoken to a bemused taxi driver whose attempt to whisk the politician from the baying mob had to be abandoned

“Bloody hell, who was that clown?” the driver asked. “Nigel Farage,” was the reply. “Well, whoever he was, he’s left his bag on my back seat.”

Later the poor driver who was considerably shaken by the whole experience came back in his taxi to the scene of his harassment to return the briefcase.

EU in action? German rides to the rescue

As the crowds shouted phrases such as “racist scum, go home to England” without a hint of irony but plenty of hypocrisy, Farage could have got the impression that Scotland was an unwelcoming place for anyone south of Hadrian’s Wall. Amidst the melee, one hopes he noticed that one of the Police Scotland female officers who helped him to safety was German.

Journo’s lament: pub lock-in unfair to us

When Farage was locked inside the Canon’s Gait and the mayhem reigned outside, one scribe was heard to remark that the Ukip leader had got the best deal of the lot, because everyone else had been thrown out of the pub.

“He’ll be sitting in there enjoying a couple of pints, I rather envy him,” the hack said, as he took in the bedlam that was erupting outside.

“I agree, but I wouldn’t advise him to come outside for a smoke,” said another journalist, also engulfed in the chaos.

Is it the economy? I’m a little stupid

Jim McGovern, Labour MP for Dundee West, sat in on the Scottish Affairs committee last week as it questioned UK ministers about the currency arrangements for an independent Scotland. McGovern, right, prefaced his question by noting that finance and economics were “not my strong suit”. As the MP’s notorious appeal against a rejected expenses claim of £24 has cost the taxpayer £27,000 in legal fees, this information was a tad superfluous.

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