The local authorities' leader commented: "For anyone who knows me, this was exactly the kind of encouragement I needed." Such is the history of cordiality between Maginnis and the unions that this endorsement will surely be worth a couple of hundred votes to Brown in the forthcoming GTC elections.
A more forcible objection came later from Michael Hannah, head of Hamnavoe primary in Shetland who stormed out declaring that Maginnis was talking "bollocks" (clearly a Shetland term of disputation). At least by then, as they say in Edinburgh, he had had his tea.
They also say in Edinburgh, according to GTC member and Jordanhill vice-dean George Livingstone, that "breeding is everything - in Glasgow it's merely good fun".