The podium call at an NAS conference for a pay review body and the scrapping of the Scottish Joint Negotiating Committee means only one thing - Tino Ferri, Scottish rep on the national executive, in full flight. Arms flailing, the Lanarkshire firebrand drew on every tactic.
"We have not even had a pay settlement for 1967," he thundered - "1997," corrected the delegates in unison. "No, that was a good year," a heckler intervened.
Without interrupting the flow, Ferri promised a gloves-off fight avoiding "Marquess of Queensferry" rules. Nothing could stop him as he praised former Scottish Secretary "Malcolm Forsyth" for backing a pay review body.
"Michael," shouted the delegates. "Michael, Malcolm, what's the difference. Let's now convince Willie Dewar," Ferri cried.