Boris Johnson was making noises about the BBC licence fee and a reporter for the National contacted me via Twitter and asked me to comment. We had arranged to speak by phone the next morning so I went to my keyboard and began noting some thoughts about the way the BBC is funded and how the licence fee money makes its way to Scotland. That was when I realised I had quite a lot to say, although I’ve said most of it and more in The Red Light Zone. The phone call didn’t happen, but I sent the reporter – Andrew Learmonth – my notes. He contacted me a few hours later and suggested we run my notes as a column. Then this morning I woke up to find I was front page news and my phone started buzzing with tweets and retweets. Then my book started to sell out on amazon.co.uk. A funny old day.
Here’s a link to my accidental column.
And you can still get my book at Waterstones.