Is it a rollover?
Oh, dearie, dearie me. It seemed a wonderful wheeze to hold the draw for the CIS cup semi-final in Holyrood. Parliament for the people, open access, all that sort of stuff.
Doesn’t look so smart tonight with the confirmation that the draw was mucked up. The numbered balls came out alright, drawn by the first minister Alex Salmond.
But the Presiding Officer Alex Fergusson inadvertently linked those numbered balls to the wrong names.
The draw had been Hearts v Dundee United; and Rangers v Aberdeen.
All day here at Holyrood, the gossip circuits have been buzzing. And we in the wicked media have been posing questions.
Tonight it’s been confirmed. There was a blunder. So the draw is rescheduled as per the version produced by the Voice of the Balls, Alex Salmond. It’s United v the Dons and Rangers v the Jambos.
And there’s more;
You’ve heard of the pub with no beer, but have you heard of the political pub with no licence?
The members bar at the Scottish parliament had to stop serving drink for two hours today when it was discovered that the licence had run out. Officials failed to spot that the licence should have been renewed last night. A tense couple of hours ensured while Holyrood bargained with the licence authorities. During that period they were unable to serve beer, whisky, wine or indeed any of the trendier tipples that MSPs might fancy.
In fact they weren’t able to serve anything.
Tonight order has been restored and the boozer is back open. A temporary deal has been struck to allow the pub to stay in business until a formal licence can be sorted out at the end of November. Trebles all round.