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Jolly bad form

The chagrin of the North Lanarkshire directorate at SNP councillor Dick Lyle's decrying a fact-finding trip by five secondary heidies to Majorca as "a jolly in the sun" can only have been exceeded by that of their Balearic equivalents at Lyle's next comment: "It shows how far education standards have fallen in North Lanarkshire if we are sending people to study the Spanish education system."

The visit has also bemused at least one (former) teacher in the authority who points out that the Majorcans speak a Catalan dialect while the Spanish taught in schools is generally the classical Castilean form.

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