He told The JT: "I've been waiting by the phone to hear what job Nicola is offering me in the new cabinet but the phone hasn't rung once."
Mr Mackaskill reckons the line has quite an unusual fault because there is a dialtone, "and it seems it only effects incoming calls from Nicola. I got several calls from journalists asking me to comment on being fired from the Cabinet, I don't know how these ridiculous rumours get started and I'll certainly set the journalists straight once I talked to Nicola, although she seems to be very busy because every time I try to call her, she's out."
While Mr Mackaskill waits to find out if he's to remain as Justice Minister or possibly move to a new, more senior position its very much business as usual.
In that curious speak -your- weight monotone he affects, Mr Mackaskill said:" I will continue to discharge the duties of my post especially in tooling up the police with 9mm pistols and ensuring that corroboration is done away with allowing our boys in blue to convict more criminals who are probably guilty as hell anyway."
As we made our excuses and left Mr Mackaskill took to shaking his mobile and shouting "Hello? Hello!" at random intervals into the mike.
|"Ring you bastard,ring."|