HEATHROW’S third runway – or lack of it – is in the news again, and as a strong supporter I was asked to lend a back bencher’s perspective to the BBC’s The Daily Politics.
I recorded it at BBC Scotland’s cavernous headquarters at Atlantic Quay in Govan. It was only after the interview was over that the producer offered to do it all over again – this time with a poppy in my lapel. I had one with me but I had left it in the car.
Unfortunately I was a bit pressed for time so I couldn’t. But I was annoyed at myself. I take the Poppy Appeal seriously; as a rule, I don’t ever wear anything in my lapel, with the poppy being one of only two exceptions (the other is my Union flag/Stars and Stripes badge which I usually only wear on US election day and whever I visit the States).
So let me take this opportunity to apologise in advance for the absence of my poppy. I know many people think it’s important that public figures should wear a poppy on all occasions at this time of year. And they’re right.
Anyway, if you’re at all interested, my interview will be broadcast as part of The Daily Politics this lunchtime.