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Will the US Embassy’s haggis virgin be tempted to lift the offal ban?

It was the culmination of an elaborate lobbying operation. The scene was set, the piper poised and the whisky flowing. As the Haggis was piped in to Boisdale on Bishopgate last night for the launch of the ‘Campaign to Overturn the US Haggis Ban’, all eyes were on Mr Stan Phillips, the Councillor for Agricultural Affairs from the US Embassy; a haggis virgin.

The suave, bespectacled gentleman let his cool demeanour slip ever so slightly as he was told ‘you’re about to put an illegal substance in your mouth’.


As his fork cut through the offaly oats a hush fell upon the room, the wind...

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