US taxi drivers like to talk, at least most of the ones I know do.

A familiar Glasgow scene is drivers blethering between jobs while parked up at one of the city’s many ranks.

Conversation can be around pretty much any subject – current affairs, the weather, roadworks and football are always popular.

Over the past four or five months one other normally popular subject has jumped right to the top of the chatty charts – politics.

Now I’m not going to make any political points or declarations here, I’m too wise for that!

However, there is no doubt that among my fellow drivers we have fans of either Prime Minister and First Minister, whisper it but a few even like both, although a few more are fans of neither.

What has become apparent in this crisis is how the every word of political leaders is scrutinised, particularly given the regularity of their updates on national television.

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Everyone will have their opinion as to how well both FM and PM have done; however talking about it to fellow drivers last week it did spark a new thread…

Just what might our political leaders of the past have said to the nation had a Covid-19 crisis occurred during their time in office? 

Here’s a few of the best suggestions:

Theresa May: “Coronavirus means Coronavirus.”

David Cameron: “A vote to leave – your house more than once a day – is the gamble of the century.”

Gordon Brown: “They’ll be testing on the streets of Raith.”

Tony Blair: “Vaccination, vaccination, vaccination.”

John Major:  “When your back is against the wall, there is only one thing to do, and that is turn around and wash your hands.”

Margaret Thatcher: “Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you. On second thoughts, maybe just avoid crowds altogether.”

Harold Wilson: “A week is a long time in the Tesco queue.”

Jim Callaghan: “Virus, what virus?”

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Well they made us laugh – and if nothing else it killed five minutes until the next job came along!

Maybe the most fitting quote is one we needn’t change: “Never was so much owed by so many to so few”

Stay safe!