Cook's lexicon

26th May 2006 at 01:00
Welcome to Bill Cook, new president of the NASUWT in Scotland. An Ayrshire English teacher with a laconic style all of his own, Cook is quickly coming to grips with the procedural intricacies of union conferences.

As befits a man of language, he kicked off with an enticing reference to "tonight's gay feast - if I can quote Browning", and followed it up with an "extended metaphor" and slipped in "obsequiousness" into a comment on the McCrone deal.

It was then down to the business of motions and amendments. "You'll have to forgive me, I've a brain of a gnat," he declared, before adding: "This is all too technical for me."

As events progressed, the president admitted: "You'd need a drill to get something into ma heid."

"Don't worry," chirped a delegate. "I've got one here."

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