Dozens of "witches" executed in a Scottish town more than 400 years ago are to be pardoned to mark Halloween.It's probably just as well that I came into the world in the 20th Century. Although not a woman, I was born in Scotland. I once owned a cat and I have indeed brewed home-made ginger beer. On top of that, there's a broomstick in the kitchen and I've even worked in Prestonpans for a few weeks. A narrow escape I think.
Prestonpans, in East Lothian, will grant the pardons under ancient feudal powers which are about to disappear.
Descendants and namesakes of the 81 people executed are expected to attend Sunday's ceremony.
More than 3,500 Scots, mainly women, were executed during the Reformation, for crimes such as owning a black cat and brewing up home-made remedies
If any of you are still around in 400 years you may be able to attend another ceremony in East Lothian. Perhaps there will be a pardon for our political parties.
For the Conservatives - for never actually conserving anything.
For the Liberal Democrats - for misuse of the word "liberal".
For the Scottish Nationalists - for alienating anyone who may favour independence but not socialism.
For the Labour Party - for being the party of dependency at the expense of those who actually perform useful labour.