He found himself discussing his move at a meeting of the Scottish Joint Negotiating Committee with fellow education chair Val MacIver of Highland. "You live in Mid Calder, don't you?" MacIver enquired. On receiving confirmation, she told a stunned Martin: "And you have a green carpet."
Before imaginations run riot, we should explain that the buyer of Martin's house is none other than MacIver's niece. Who said Scottish education is a small world? And who said the SJNC discussed nothing of substance?