I am reluctant to break my post-retirement vow of silence but it was comic to see Tony Callaghan (TES, February 24) inform your readers that he resigned from the NASUWT union in 2000 because of events in 2002!
It was also outrageous that he should attack Chris Keates for "thwarting"
Eammon O'Kane's attempts at unity. I was still the general secretary at the time and know from first-hand evidence that Chris, then deputy general secretary, behaved in an entirely honourable and professional way throughout that difficult time.
It will come as surprising news to all those who observed Tony Callaghan during his years on the national executive (myself included) that he was an ardent fan of merger with the National Union of Teachers and others.
Nigel de Gruchy
26 Glentrammon Road
Green Street Green