The troops were out in even larger numbers in December 1986 after the Main report and before the Rifkind deal. So how many will appear for Ronnie Smith's "Big Speech"? Wise counsels might have prevailed upon the union and its parental backers to choose Grand Slam day, when the demo, shopping, and rugby might have been an irresistible combination.
Elizabeth Maginnis, Lothian's education convener, has already received 4,000 letters about cuts. Presumably most are against.