McMafia's g'day

We are grateful to our London colleagues for chronicling the ever-onward march of Scottish influence in the corridors of power. We refer, of course, not merely to the existing Westminster hegemony of Messrs Cook, Brown, Reid, Irvine, Kennedy et al.

The submission to Scottish governance has also grown spectacularly in the education field. Among those who have captured the top slots recently are John Beattie, chair of England's General Teaching Council; Bill Cockburn, the former head of the Post Office who is now head of the School Teachers'

Review Body on pay; Mike Gibbons, chief of the Government's new innovation unit; and David Bell, the chief inspector of schools.

The English cannot take much comfort either from the top two posts filled recently at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. They are not members of the McMafia: they are Australian.

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