the Bothy we had the brilliant fiddle player, Dave Swarbrick; the room was, as you'd expect, full. A high-powered performance left none of his fans disappointed, and our resident fiddle player drooling with envy. One of the Bothy residents, Bill Hackney, opened for Swarb with a rendition of Stealers Wheel's "Stuck In The Middle", except in the final chorus, he sang "Clowns to the left, posh boys to the right, stuck in the middle with Pugh" (John Pugh being our LibDem MP). Bill rarely gets political, and I'm sure his frustration with politicians is widely held.
This got me thinking about a couple of our local candidates in the general election: the Tory hopeful was described by the Champion, a local free paper, as "Southport paramilitary candidate" ~ perhaps the Champ knows something about her that the rest of us don't. Also, our UKIP candidate was held up in Poland by the recent volcanic closure of air space and he thought he might miss the election campaign (bit of a problem when you're standing), but he managed to get back. Why was he in Poland? To have his teeth done more cheaply than he would pay in Britain. So much for protecting British jobs ~ jokers to the right indeed!
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