What explains the Eric Liddell effect? Modern Scottish Politics has been shaped by the Scottish Church, and by men who spent their boyhood in the Manse.
Even opponents of the Kirk note its power: the political philosopher Tom Nairn once quipped that Scotland would only be free ""once the last minister had been strangled with the last copy of the Sunday Post"".
The connections between church and state in Scotland go deep and wide.
The comparison between the minister and the politician goes deeper than mere pastoral care.
Like the MP, the minister is responsible for his own geographical patch, where he is ""Pope in his own parish."" But the Church also has a long-standing reputation in Scotland for producing driven, scholarly men, Calvinistic heroes, fired by a protestant work ethic to improve the lot of society.
In this talk, journalist and broadcaster Colin Bell offers an entertaining insight into the close connections between church and state in Scotland, explaining how and why the sons of Kirk Ministers often follow in their father's footsteps to become Ministers of the Crown.