Well after the disappointing Smoking result, the rest of the Scottish Lib Dem conference looks to be much more plain sailing.
I spoke in the economy debate, but although my "confessions of a banker" shtick got plenty of laughs, a four minute slot is just not enough to explain the value of the Estonian model of Liberalism- so I didn't try. I just laid into the unholy Tory-SNP axis of incompetence that exists in Scotland. The hypocrisy of the Unionists in a strong though unofficial alliance with the Independentistas escapes few it seems. Meanwhile the defeat of Labour is Scotland looms ever larger- and few can predict what that will mean for the political landscape, not only of Scotland, but the UK as a whole. My peroration on the urgent need of Scottish and British and, where relevant, European tiers to co-ordinate was received with the warmth that only a Lib Dem conference would give it I think.
Always a pleasure to see so many old friends, though it is kind of interesting to see the way that politics is evolving. On the web all is slick, in the hall, well... perhaps more human.