John McLellan: I found a new version of The Twelve Days of Christmas

In the finest traditions of the great comedian Bill Barclay, the words to a new Christmas carol were apparently found scrunched up in a bin near the Labour Group office in the City Chambers. I've no idea who's responsible'¦

Thursday, 21st December 2017, 6:00 am
Edinburgh folk singer Bill Barclay in 1970. Picture: Alex Brown

On the Twelfth day of Christmas, my coalition love-in sent to me…

Two squabbling parties,

Three per cent pay rise,
Four years to go…

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Officers running rings…


Several schools-a-shutting,

Eight Greens-a-girning,

No roads-a-mending,

Fast cars-a-banning,

Street bins-a-bulging,

Tax-payers milking,
And a mystery Highland hotel.