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Tory Boys (and Girl)

March 3rd, 2006 (09:16 am)

There was a most unusual sight on the bus this morning. A gaggle of suits and ties was congregated at the bus station, along with a cashmere coat or two, some perkily groomed hair and a pink silk scarf. As one particular suit was getting on for seven feet tall at the shoulder, I didn't immediately challenge them with being Young Conservatives on their way to the party conference in Perth, but such it turned out they were when they started enthusing to each other about the highlights of the programme awaiting them.

Those who know me will know that I'm not a natural sympathiser of the Tory Party, but I was actually pleased to see them. When I was a student, I would have assumed that they would travel to Perth in a flotilla of cars, and now that statistics suggest more students have cars than was ever the case then, I was pleasantly surprised to see representatives of the least proletarian party travelling on public transport.

Of course, they rather spoiled the impression by going on to boast to each other of how swiftly and illegally they and their family members had made similar journeys in gas-guzzlers in the past. As they left the bus at Dundee railway station, a blanket of snow began to fall across the city.