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Glasgow train

Much taking of the pith - cocktails around, of course - at the Convention of Scottish Authorities' big bash in Crieff last week, especially by the strumming duo of Vic Roderick and Annie Gunner.

Roderick, formerly of the Evening Times in Glasgow, is famously known as Vic the Bastard among councillors for revealing the embarrassing "trips for votes" scam. Gunner is a voluntary sector worker and chanteuse of some repute at Labour bashes.

The two devised an alternative rendition of Gladys Knight's "A Midnight Train to Georgia" especially for Glasgow's leader, Charlie Gordon, who pulled the city out of the local authorities' network in protest at the budget divvy-up.

Take it away:

Rosebery House proved too much for the mn

So he's going back to find another place and time

Yes he's going back to find the 300 grand he left behind

And he's taking his pals, promising them a better time

(I don't know what's on his mind, those east coast people just ain't his

kind)

He's leavin' on the midnight train to Queen Street

And his private fantasy

Is that he'll get an increase in his GAE

(I don't know about you, but I think it's gonna be hard to do)

And they've got to be with him (oh, yes they do)

On that midnight train to Queen Street

They'd rather live in his world

Than live without him in theirs

Who was clapping loudest? Who else but Norman Murray, Cosla's president from East Lothian.

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