The publication of the Millennium Review brought together in apparent harmony Elizabeth Maginnis, leader of the local authorities, and Ian McCalman, past president of the Educational Institute of Scotland.
Flinty Maginnis warned that, if national bargaining failed, the authorities might have to walk away. Sweet Ian said the EIS had no position and added:
"We assume the goodwill throughout the negotiations will lead to a satisfactory outcome."
"That's why he got selected for the Scottish parliament and I didn't," quipped Maginnis.