You can clearly see the paint splatters on Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie's shirt and suit here. As Nick Clegg arrived for a private meeting with a packed hall of Scottish party members, a man who is now getting better acquainted with Strathclyde Constabulary threw blue paint at him. A policeman took most of it but Willie was fairly well splattered.
You will know more about this incident than I do by now by virtue of rolling news channels.
I really could kick myself for arriving 5 minutes too soon. I mean, I am never early for anything, but I was today. I am also wearing a bright blue coat so a bit of blue paint wouldn't have been noticed.
We were chatting away inside when we heard of the incident outside. When Willie & Nick appeared, they characteristically made light of it. Willie joked about how he'd always wanted a blue streak in his hair but his mum wouldn't let him.
The sad thing is that Willie was outside the hall for about half an hour saying hello to every single person who went in. If the person who did this had wanted, he could have had a good chat with Willie about his grievances & Willie would have tried to help.
By the way, Willie is clearly the greater, not lesser, spotted Rennie as he is literally getting everywhere these days, usually in Alex Salmond's face. Today was an interesting day for Willie, beginning with praise in the Telegraph from Alan Cochrane again for being the only leader holding Salmond to account and ending taking the lion's share of paint meant for his fellow leader.
I guess the upside of tonight is that people now know that Nick was in Glasgow, talking to lots of Lib Dems and they'll know from lots of tv interviews that Willie has a great sense of humour & that Nick talked about all sorts of good things we're doing in Government, cutting tax for the poorest, improving pensions and ending child detention to name but a few.
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Location:On train home from Glasgow