A' the Airths

25th September 1998 at 01:00
One engagement the Education Minister kept took her to the unlikely setting of Airth on the banks of the Forth where she launched her lifelong learning aspirations (page 34).

The ministerial platform was an employee development conference run by the Convention (or Confederation, as one of the myriad consultancy firms described it) of Scottish Local Authorities.

Appropriately, the conference was sponsored by Tesco - motto "every little helps". Perhaps, as one waggish colleague suggested, the supermarket giants now expect to see some sympathetic planning decisions.

Keith Geddes, Cosla's president, gave the opening address. The leader of Edinburgh City Council said some of his more waspish Labour colleagues suggested he might like to attend the workshop on leadership.

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