Not so singular

"There is no doubt that the public private partnership mechanism offers North Lanarkshire Council the opportunity to address many of the capital issues which has led to the current unsatisfactory quality of school buildings . . . on the other hand, delegates will be challenging the acceptability of privatisation of parts of the education service."

This unequivocal piece of equivocation might have graced Labour's Scottish weekend gathering. This was not the only conference at that time but, unaccountably, the annual delegate meeting of North Lanarkshire association of the Educational Institute of Scotland went completely unreported.

So it is here that you first - or anywhere indeed - read those golden words which has came (sic) from Wolesley Brown, outgoing president of the North Lanarkshire EIS. But Brown can almost be forgiven for being slightly cavalier with the English language - he is about to retire.

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