Boyle's epic goes with the grain
It will be a pity if the wilder shores of criticism prevail to derail the whole enterprise, such as the accusations of Soviet-style prescription, or if the commission's efforts become bogged down in infrastructural squabbling. The commission may have made its remit unnecessarily complex and, a bit like the Scottish Parliament itself, strayed towards too much legislation.
But critics would do well to take on board the benign wisdom of Bishop Richard Holloway, chairman of the Scottish Arts Council, who said in a television interview that his calling made him interested more in transformation and less in abolition. So even if the Scottish Executive does not embrace the report in its entirety, it should take on board the 22 education recommendations and avoid throwing baby Boyle out with the bath water.