Off the ball

22nd December 2000 at 00:00
Prize for most remarkable political speech of the year must go to the Liberal Democrats' education voice, Ian Jenkins, former principal teacher of English at Peebles High.

During the censure debate last week on Sam Galbraith's handling of the exam crisis, Jenkins took the novel line that the then Education Minister should not have intervened since "the crash had to happen so we could see what the fall-out would e. The problem could not be seen clearly until after the results had been issued."

It must have cheered Galbraith to be supported thus: "Sam Galbraith was not to blame, but the minister had to go."

Just as well it was not a debate about transport. As that man who used to advertise tyres on the telly would definitely not have said of the Jenkins speech, "it's a major contribution to road safety".

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