Even more curious, in this Marie Celeste of an education ship, not one member of the directorate was within bawling-out distance as vice-convener Chic McCafferty stepped in authoritatively at 2.02pm. With chief executive's man Norrie Lyttle deputising for Ken Corsar's team, McCafferty weighed into the breach. "Item one. Minutes of pre-five subcommittee. No objections. Approved. " And off he went, rattling through the early agenda as the clock ticked by.
Speculation mounted over the non-appearances. Glasgow may sometimes resemble the Kremlin but there is usually advance rumour of a coup d'etat. Or had captains of education fallen on their blades in a mass act of budgetary self-sacrifice? The clock ticked by.
At 2.09pm precisely, Green stormed into the chamber to loud applause, cloth bag in hand. "Look," cried a People's Party brother, "he's no had his piece yet." Green, snarled up by traffic, promptly offered a vote of thanks to his vice-convener and carried on as normal.
At 2.14pm, Ken Corsar and George Gardner, his depute, finally made it, "marginally later than me", Green observed. "I hope he's got a line with him," quipped another Labour brother.
Neither a deficiency of lighting nor traffic had caused the delay. The directorate had not been told about the changed kick-off time and were some distance away in their offices.
An investigation is being held. Chic McCafferty is claiming three bonus points.