More thrills than skills – A half-life in journalism, part 99

Over the next few weeks, is to publish, each weekday, edited extracts from the memoirs of Scottish war correspondent, Paul Harris. ‘More thrills than skills: A half-life in journalism’, is being scheduled for publication next year.

I WAS asked to talk to MPs in a public room in parliament on May 9.

In hindsight, that was a mistake. More than 50 opposition MPs attended from the PA, the Marxist-oriented JVP and the Muslim NUA.

That evening I went to an European Union Birthday Party in the Hilton Hotel.

After a few gins, this fellow bounded up to me and announced, in the self-important way politicians do, that he had “exposed me as an M15 agent in parliament.”

I said I didn’t have a clue who he was and he looked decidedly put out.

Then I told him: “The M15 in Britain is a motorway, not a security organisation. Anyway, it’s MI6 you will be meaning.”