Drumlanrig: Goofy goings-on at the SECC

Elsa from the Disney film Frozen. Picture: Disney
Elsa from the Disney film Frozen. Picture: Disney
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THERE was some confusion among the thousands of SNP delegates making their way to the SECC in Glasgow for the party’s spring conference yesterday.

Some found themselves queuing alongside little girls clasping their mummy and daddy’s hands and clad in spangly, nylon frocks. It turned out the wee lassies were waiting to get into Disney on Ice – complete with extracts from Frozen (right) and the Little Mermaid – at the nearby Hydro. It seems that Yes supporters looking for a magical happening near the River Clyde complete with inspiring and empowered female role models were spoilt for choice. No voters, however, might take the view that Glasgow was hosting a couple of “Mickey Mouse” events yesterday.

SNP bunkered by golf

THE nationalists were making a song and dance about the incredible turnout of party members at their spring conference yesterday. An impressive 3,000 delegates made their way to the SECC by the Clyde. What was not mentioned, however, was that the enormous venue was hosting another event – the Scottish Golf Show.

The neighbouring celebration of the Royal and Ancient game attracted a cool 17,000 visitors. Just saying.

Jolly japes in store at Hillsborough

NEWS reaches Drumlanrig from across the Irish Sea, where the villagers of Hillsborough, Co Down, are known for their astute political observations.

Their antennae have been honed by years of living beside the famous Hillsborough Castle, the official residence of Northern Ireland secretaries and the scene of untold political shenanigans. Regulars at the Plough Inn and the Hillside pub have christened the current secretary of state, Theresa Villiers (right), “next year’s head girl”.

As readers of Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers books, Hillsborough’s barflies recognise a “jolly hockey­sticks” over-enthusiasm straight from the classic series set in a girls’ school.

Nationalist MEP lets hope outpace fact

WITH SNP membership reaching a remarkable 102,143, Alyn Smith, the SNP MEP, was guilty of making an even more remarkable claim. Hailing Anglo-Scot independence supporters, Smith (right) said the SNP’s London branch has more members than the entire Scottish Liberal Democrats.

“Let’s look forward to after the Westminster election when there’s even fewer of them,” Smith exclaimed in front of fired-up delegates.

Smith’s claim would have been impressive, had it been true. A short time later, he issued a sheepish clarification on Twitter, saying: “There’s more members [in the] SNP London branch than were at Lib Dem conference, not total members. Got that wrong, sorry.”

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