The brave and the brief

11th March 2005 at 00:00
The five pre-election pledges new Labour announced recently have been upstaged by one of the candidates in this year's second most important ballot - for the next vice-president of the Educational Institute of Scotland Peter Quigley, long the bane of the union's establishment, has gone nine better by issuing 14 promises in his election literature. Quigley's choice of issues is comprehensive - discipline, social inclusion and reducing class sizes for all primary classes and all subject areas in the secondary.

He has taken care to appeal to all sectors of the union, from nursery teachers to further education lecturers.

The veteran Fife activist is realistic enough, however, to admit that his aspirations will require "the full support of council and the EIS membership".

In sharp contrast to Quigley's 160-word manifesto, his opponent, Sonia Kordiak, an English teacher from Midlothian, encapsulates her appeal in three words - "dedicated and determined".

Time will tell whether the membership prefers loquacity - assuming, that is, they get beyond the names and photographs of the candidates.

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