Ministers continually ignore the advice that if you are in a hole, stop digging. Every concession they make seems a victory for Brian Souter's well funded campaign. No concession short of retaining Section 2A will be enugh. It is only when the retentionists' own credibility is put on the line, for example, in launching the so-called referendum, that flaws appear for ministers and the media to exploit.
The relief that appeared to sweep across the chamber when the compromise amendment was moved may prove shortlived. Politicians cannot control the campaigners and themselves remain open to constituency pressures. Yet it has to be stressed over and over that no Scottish pupils have been exposed to homosexual propaganda in school, and none will ever be because teachers do not need deterrent statute on top of professional training and common sense.
Giving ministers powers to issue guidance on the conduct of sex education, as the amendment provides, is superfluous. And it won't send the most committed campaigners back to their conventicles.