Henry Hepburn

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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