Danny Alexander “an acknowledged authority on dinosaurs”

A new insight into Danny Alexander MP’s carefree childhood, from the Corncrake*, the hyperlocal website for the Scottish island of Colonsay, where the Chief Secretary to the Treasury grew up –

Ian McAllister attended the primary school with Danny and remembers,

As wee boys, Danny and I used to play on the seaside rocks near Glen Cottage. Danny was very interested in cricket and fishing and we regarded him as the man to ask if we had any questions about dinosaurs, on which he was the acknowledged authority.

Many years later, the schoolmates were unexpectedly reunited:

As part of a political research project in which I was involved, I was attending a Liberal Democrat Party Conference; somebody tapped me on the back, I turned round and there was my childhood pal, now a leading light for the Libdems!

The article doesn’t reveal whether Danny found any dinosaur bones on the Inner Hebridean island, but just maybe… As Danny himself says,

I have lots of happy memories of the island and the freedom we had to explore.

*Hat-tip: Beverley Reid

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