I've just been accosted by a probably-slightly-tipsy anti-independence troll on Twitter (one of those "risk assessor" groupies), who described me as a "chancer" for running a fundraiser without specifying exactly how many articles I planned to write between now and the general election, and exactly how much time I planned to spend writing them. He seemed thoroughly unconvinced that I could possibly write enough before April - APRIL! - to justify the amount raised.
"top politicians get c. £150 per column. You ain't a name. Let's generously say £75 per article. 67 articles? By April?"
Hmmm. I decided to do a quick check, and it turns out that I've already written 65 articles on this blog since the fundraiser started on September the 19th. Do you know what? I think I might just make it to 67 by April. Or possibly even by teatime.
Ah well, maybe after he's sobered up he'll think of a more promising line of attack.
All the same, this is a good opportunity to once again thank the 188 people who have contributed to the fundraiser (one was a postal donation), which will draw to a close in a few days' time. Without your enormously generous help, it simply wouldn't have been possible to continue with the blog, except as a skeleton service.
I'm sure you'll all vouch for me that, in line with every other blog fundraiser I've ever seen, I didn't make any specific commitment about an exact number of posts or hours of work. Nevertheless, I've done my level best to keep things ticking over, and with the unwitting comedy of the trolls constantly ringing in my ears, I will continue to do so!