“In the last 24 hours I have lost nearly £3,000, which shouldn’t matter financially but will have implications on my future and I will have to deal with this.
Alex Johnstone is a politician who doesn’t shy away from giving a quote to journalists but, it is fair to say, he has never been described as a Shakespearean figure within Holyrood.
It would appear (and it’s not even that close to Halloween yet) the general public of this great nation is being beset by a plague of scary clowns leaping out of the woodwork all over the shop to place the lieges in a state of fear and perturbation.
It was meant to be a joke, but in this crazy World Cup even the most outlandish jokes turn into reality.
Do we take sport too seriously? Have we elevated it beyond its rightful place as a simple entertainment?
People with an entrenched view that their political opponents are always wrong are weird. Seriously, anyone who hates an idea simply because it comes from someone wearing a different coloured party rosette is mighty odd.
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They lined up to lock horns. Scotland’s main party leaders all in a row making their TV pitches to the public.
The record books will show that St Johnstone secured what looks like a routine narrow home win on Saturday but the result meant so much more to everyone at the club.