Gordon Jeyes keeps some strange company. The general secretary of the Association of Directors of Education told the above mentioned conference his organisation ran along with Cosla last Friday that he once had a friend - no, no, the sentence is not finished.

His friend, asked what he wanted to do when he grew up, suggested "sitting around in pubs arguing for a living".

Such an excellent suggestion has now been overtaken in the new parliamentary arrangements, as Jeyes noted. "It's called giving evidence," he said.

All this talk of argument and debate obviously infected Jeyes's keyboard which concluded his speech with the words: "Cosla and ADES look forward to participating whole-heatedly in the second phase of the national debate."

No doubt a Freudian slip.

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