Andrew McPake is an largely ineffective trade unionist unable to save the members he represents from the worst affects of austerity.
His political life began immediately after 9/11 in protesting against the Afghanistan war. Frequently attendance of anti-war demonstrations being the fullest extent of his petty teenage rebellion, he fell into the clutches of the Scottish Socialist Party.
Between 2002-2011 he spent nine successively less enjoyable years within that organisation. The SSP’s breakthrough in 2003 remains his favourite political memory, and its collapse during the Tommy Sheridan court case was his worst until Trump and Brexit.