It would be wise, however, not to push Jack McConnell too far. The Education Minister has delivered on pay and conditions but has now been smacked in the mouth in spite ofbeing instrumental in amending assessment procedures. He did not take it kindly, labelling delegates "unprofessional".
If the union had been a political party, it would have been shouting from the rooftops of Perth City Hall how it had outgunned its opponents and won a pay package that is the envy of Britain and beyond. It was largely left to teacher union bosses from England and Ireland to praise Scottish colleagues and their deal - delegates certainly did not. As ever, EIS representatives are a curmudgeonly lot, ready to spy the next conspiracy in the heart of a major victory.