This is Mr Smith's thousandth post.
He didn't think he would make it.
He wasn't sure he would be able to keep it going, but the political machinations of our elected representatives and public servants made it all possible. He tried to comment fairly on the duplicity and contradictions in our political system and intended no real harm. However, he thinks that now would be a good time to take a break and take care of the family business for a while.
Hopefully you felt this blog had value because Mr Smith was fighting for the lost causes and you wanted to keep reading his take on all things Holyrood-ish. But for Mr Smith now it is time to take care of his own lost causes.
Hopefully when things are clearer he will return, but for now he has things to do in the real world.
Goodbye and remember ... you fight harder for the lost causes than you do for any others because they really are the only causes worth fighting for.