IAIN McGill, the Tory hopeful in Edinburgh North & Leith, had a flashback to his previous strife as a postie the other day. Canvassing in Pilrig he came to a door with a sign saying “If out, please leave packages with neighbour". At the next house, there was another sign. “Please do not leave packages for neighbours here,” it said firmly.

HE received a warmer reception at the capital’s poshest address, Ann Street, where he stumbled into a summer fete to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first house. Judges, millionaires and peers of the realm were among the pucker throng. “It certainly wasn’t your average Ann summer party,” reports our mole.

LIBDEM leader Willie Rennie is wooing the youf vote with a plan to regulate cannabis. But he hasn’t had a puff himself in 30 years. Shouldn’t he do his homework and get mashed in the public interest? he was asked. “No,” he sighed. “Those days are gone. I’ll rely on evidence from other sources.” Presumably the gigglers who come up with all his surreal photo ops.

UNIONIST parties loved seeing 17,000 Yessers march through Glasgow at the weekend. It meant they weren’t being useful knocking doors. But was a higher power on their side? When compulsive protester Sean Clerkin started speaking, thunder and lightning erupted overhead. “Biblical,” whistled one observer. Or maybe God can’t bear him either.