'Whisky Galore!' the wartime film and story of the people of Eriskay seizing upon the whisky cargo of a nearby shipwreck, has forged headlines and cultural associations of the drink, since it hit our screens almost 65 years ago. And the associations continue to this day. Last week, one lucky buyer paid £12,050 for two bottles of that now infamous cargo.
Like Justine Greening, I can't understand the arguments made by some against spending 0.7% of GNI to relieve suffering overseas. They should remember that 7p in every £10 is a small slice of our national income when compared with the spectre of people dying unnecessarily, living without access to education or even clean water.
The banking crisis in 2008 has made getting cheap cash to deposit on houses harder to come by and I'm going to use ultra-conservative figures to see if we can still get into the game. Based on having to find a 25% deposit, which is what a lot of lenders are asking for lets see if we can invest in some property.
What has gone wrong? Why can't we get our act together? Although a number of factors contribute to this quagmire, it is the misuse and abuse of three attributes of state governance that is the root cause of many of the problems we face today - politics, democracy, and accountability are the most widely misunderstood words in the country.
Today the Wine Investment Association was launched at Mazars, with the publication of its draft Code of Practice to both trade members and press and the commencement of a consultation period to ensure future members and the community can contribute and help shape standards and procedures to provide investors in fine wine with much greater security.