Well that’s one way to say goodbye to your colleague….

Clarkey Cat Carmichael onesieAdam Clarke, the Scottish Party’s rugby playing Director of Communications left this week. We will miss him.

Normally when you leave, you get a present and lots of kind words are said about you. That all happened with Adam, but his colleagues went one step further.

They gave the Herald newspaper the rather fetching photograph of Adam in his going away present from his previous job,  researcher for Alistair Carmichael. You can only hope that the Orkney and Shetland MP gave him something more than a onesie with his face on it. Let’s hope it was to cushion the many bottles of Orkney whiskies Scapa and Highland Park that accompanied them.

The photo of Alistair was, I think, taken for Liberal Youth’s Bears for Belarus campaign back in 2012.

One particular colleague grassed up to the Herald another memorable Clarke moment.

Unspun hears that wasn’t the only item of intimate apparel that earned ‘Clarkey Cat’ his slinky feline nickname. One mate vividly remembers being in a conference hotel room a few years ago when Mr Clarke materialised in just a pair of skin-tight Union Jack undies. He then pointed at the jumbled contents and declared “Better together!” The poor chap tells Unspun he remains traumatised to this day. “It was as if they were painted on,” he recalls with a shudder.

Obviously the colleague who told the Herald this must have an entirely blameless past with nothing at all embarrassing in it. Or he will never be able to leave given the precedent that he set.

On a more serious note, Adam, thanks for everything and all the best for the future.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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