Fiona Hyslop, the Scottish National Party's equally commanding education supremo, wondered whether, in all the aspects of the current parental involvement bill, there might be a suggestion of combined education authorities and even, heaven forbid, directors of education responsible for more than one authority.
The normally brightly-lit committee room suddenly grew dark, as if the heavens were indeed responding.
"I thought I heard thunder when you mentioned that," quipped the Education Minister. His hearing was indeed accurate.
Oh, what powers some have.