As if. Just as we were contemplating this change, a press release landed on our desk from none other than Monteith, offering us his latest thoughts - on education.
The Tories' crafty spokesman for everything had spotted a loophole. The Audit Scotland report on special educational needs was about the costs of mainstreaming and patchy planning for it by education authorities. So who better to respond than the spokesperson for . . . finance and local government.
Expect more of the same. Meanwhile we await the first educational missive from Lord James.