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Parliament’s petty bickering is too much Grease to stomach

The political infighting in the Scottish Parliament makes about as much sense as the lyrics of the 1978 musical, writes Henry Hepburn

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John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, in an indictment of politicians and hyperbole, nailed it with this subtle and astute lyric from 1978: they “go together like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong!”

If you’re someone with a passing interest in education who would like to get a sense of what’s going on in schools, the Scottish Parliament’s chamber is not the best place to start. Here, hyperbole rules the roost over level-headed, informative debate. Many parliamentary exchanges provide about as much insight into Scottish education as Peppa Pig does into quantum mechanics.

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