Wha's like us?;Jotter

29th October 1999 at 01:00
The enterprise and lifelong learning committee took an appropriately enterprising decision last week and became the first to forsake the fleshpots of Edinburgh, members opting instead for the fleshpots of Inverness. John Swinney, its SNP chair, might even have been right to describe their emigration as "historic".

But delusions of grandeur really set in when Swinney noted that it had been Inverness's Town House where the British Cabinet convened in 1921 to discuss Irish independence. The meeting was held for the convenience of Prime Minister Lloyd George who was on holiday in Gairloch at the time - "a fantastic advert for holidaying in Scotland," Swinney remarked mysteriously.

Perhaps, he continued, "the historic meeting of this committee will be given similar status to that given to the historic meeting of the British Cabinet" - to wit a framed photo and signatures.

Down boy.

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