Time to roll out celebs in Holyrood voting race
Which big names will put their weight behind parties? Here’s a tip ... cut the charge
DO you remember the days of the very public backing Margaret Thatcher received during General Election campaigns from unlikely sources, like Lulu, or that other comedian, Bob Monkhouse? As the Scottish parliamentary elections step up a gear, who might we expect to be dragged out, dusted down and put before the cameras to encourage us to vote this way or that? No doubt the SNP will blow the cobwebs off Sir Sean Connery. But, because of his age and – it may be argued – his inability to engage with the younger generation of voters, they'll need to start thinking seriously about a replacement “name”. The Conservatives will find it tough to find a famous Scot brave enough to state “I vote Tory” just in case the endorser’s career should hit the skids this side of the border. They'll probably have to unearth a captain of industry who isn’t still in shock over the unexpected tax raid on North Sea oil revenues. If Labour’s Scottish leader Iain Gray had a hotline to Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's former communications director, perhaps the services of Sir Alex Ferguson, who is pally with Ali, could have been wheeled out to help. As for the Liberal Democrats, they would have had Oscar winner Colin Firth, but he could stomach them no more. So, who are we likely to see standing alongside Holyrood hotseat hopefuls Alex Salmond, Iain Gray, Annabel Goldie and Tavish Scott in the coming weeks? And would they really influence the way we vote? The endorsements of celebrities, should the politicians not already know this, are a waste of time. I WAS reminded last weekend about the greed of some Aberdeen restaurants. Not content to offer the chance to give a discretionary tip, the eatery I attended slapped on a compulsory 11% service charge. It wasn't so long ago that, in another overpriced restaurant, I asked for the service charge added to my bill to be removed on the basis the forgetful waiting staff were considerably less than perfect. Let the owners pay for their staff from their profits, not from the add-ons.
FAMOUS FACES: Sir Sean Connery. Inset, Bob Monkhouse and Lulu.