I have been a fan of serendipity ever since I was fortunate enough to stumble upon the word. I think that might be one of the reasons why I struggle to be a conspiracy theorist. For me, there are always too many loose ends and too many people who have to be in on it for any such theory to hold its water. I’m an Occam fan.
It follows that it is a joy when I happen upon a classic serendipitiaceous incident.
You might already have seen this juxtaposition of an innocent local poster and a(n) Ukip one. It has been in the papers and also featured in ‘Have I Got News For You’ last Friday. The site is about a mile from me so I drive past it frequently.
Conspiracy-wise, the SNP and Labour fulminated as soon as the posters appeared. Total keech. of course, And, refreshingly, nobody paid any attention to their demands that this grievous wrong had to be righted forthwith.
The sadness? As I went past the site yesterday, I saw that the Ukip poster had been vandalised. Their party symbol and the Union Flag have been scraped off. For the avoidance of doubt, I am a Conservative and Unionist and have no intention of voting Ukip under any circumstances. I believe them to be a snare and delusion who will allow Labour to win the next election and destroy any chance of an EU referendum.
They are also, however, entitled to their beliefs and have the absolute right to advance their arguments to the electorate without let or hindrance. I just hope that Police Scotland, who some argue are well on course to becoming the Stasi of Salmond’s Braveheart New World, make some attempt to identify the vandals involved.
I’m not holding my breath.