His father told him as much when he was learning the family trade in Lanarkshire.
So it was the Times who brought up the former when visiting the amiable owner of Joondalup’s Grand Boulevard Cafe last week.
In particular, the September 18 referendum on Scottish independence.
‘A lot of Australians coming in to the cafe have been interested to know my views on the referendum because they are aware it’s happening,’ he said.
Pollsters are tipping a tight affair, with a recent poll showing a no campaign lead of 53 per cent to 47 per cent.
And for the record, Douglas supports the naysayers.
‘It is a bad time because of the overall economy throughout Europe for a country as small as Scotland to go for independence,’ he said.