Today's excitement, if that is the word, is lunch at the University of Stirling with the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Iain Torrance is almost at the end of his moderatorial year. He has been pleasingly unpredicatable too. At the time he was nominated it was widely seen as a victory for conservatives in the C of S who wanted anyone but a woman. Fortunately, Mr Torrance has not played the poodle to this lobby at all – his views o­n Iraq, human sexuality and a number of other things must have infuriated some people in the C of S. He wears the lace with more conviction than some do too.

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