Councillors have again proved unwilling to confront public and parent pressure, and the directorate is left to make savings in other ways. That does not prove the correctness of its policy. But it does show the gap between administrative initiative and democratic leadership.
The Education Minister gave succour recently to protesters about closures, especially in rural areas. Highland Liberal Democrat MPs have said there should be no change before the parliament is set up. No doubt both Brian Wilson and opposition MPs voice a general sentiment, and certainly the lesson is not that closures should be imposed by central government or administrative fiat. But impotence is undignified. If the community argument is to prevail, the financial and educational implications must be faced.