It's 1984.Thatcherism was peaking.
Distillers hasn't yet been taken over by another rival firm, helped by the larcenous bunch of thieves known as "The Guinness Four".(One of them has another claim to fame, while in prison he developed Alzeimhers and was released early; he then got better, still the only person recorded in medical science to do so.)
Vat69 and Johnny Walker Red Label had been chosen, amongst other Distillers brands, to be taken out of the EEC countries markets; the reason being a Common Market resolution that the brands be retailed for the same amount in every EEC country.
That meant a large drop in production for those brands taken off and the smaller bottling halls of Haigs of Markinch and William Sandersons of South Queensferry were earmarked for closure.
The unions were tipped off by Tam Dalyell, the then MP for Queensferry, who had heard about it on his Etonian Old Boys network.
A protest commitee was formed, with futile attempts to save several hundred jobs.In one face to face meeting with a high heid yin from London, a nervous young shop steward managed to pin him down about if the plant made a profit.
"Yes," was the bald answer" but not enough." He looked down at his expensive cufflinks as he said it, not meeting my gaze.
Perhaps it was then I became a Nationalist.A product which from start to finish was made in Scotland by Scots-and here was this upper class Englishman saying that we weren't making enough profit!
Of course we lost the battle with the London executive.
Perhaps if there had been a Government in Edinburgh things may have been different...