Question time ( and the answers)

My application for question time in Dundee has been submitted.
The last time I was on question time was in March 1995 at the personal invitation of David Dimbleby. I took him and his team back to the airport after a question time in Dundee in November 1994 at which Alex Salmond was in attendance. I got into a prolonged debate with David who asked me if I seriously thought we would ever get the chance to vote for independence and if I though Alex Salmond could ever be a credible leader of the SNP. I told him that Salmond would be the man to lead us to independence. I still think that will have to be the case. When we got to the airport David asked me if I would like to come to Glasgow the next time question time was to be there and I told him I would, never thinking that it would happen.
The next day I had a call from David’s secretary asking if I would like to go and she subsequently sent me the official invitation.
At the question time, I got the chance to speak twice. There was a question from a member of the audience about a statement the chancellor of the exchequer (Kenneth Clark) had made the previous day. He had said that the policies he had put in place for recovery would take two years for the feel good factor to be felt. She wanted to know what he meant by the feel good factor. I put up my hand and David chose me to give an opinion. I said “it is quite obvious, what Mr Clark means by the feel good factor, because in two years there will be a general election and the Tories will be wiped out in Scotland, and everyone will feel a lot better”
Two years later the Tories were wiped out and as I have predicted, everyone did indeed feel a lot better.
The next question that I had an input to was regarding the breakup of the railways into different companies and the questioner asked what the reasoning behind this was. I again put up my hand and David chose me to put my view. I said “it is quite obvious why the railways are being split up into different entities because in a couple of years there will be an election and the Tories will be thrown out of government. They will therefore all require cushy directorships to slip into when they are thrown out of parliament”. David turned to Ian Lang who was at that time Secretary of State for Scotland and said to him “well Mr Lang have you a nice directorship lined up?”
The Tories as mentioned earlier were indeed thrown out of Parliament two years after that.
If I am chosen to be in the audience at this question time, I would like to ask David to cast his mind back to the debate we had in the car on the way to the airport and ask him just how near my prediction of independence came to pass.
I believe we are still on the road to independence, however, at the moment, I feel the SNP have lost their way. We need a road map to take us there

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