Fight paths

11th December 1998 at 00:00
If the New Labour leadership in Scotland has indeed agreed to tone down its Nat bashing, the news has not yet reached North Lanarkshire.

There the terrible twins of education convener Charlie Gray and the SNP's Cumbernauld supremo Gordon Murray show no signs of a rapprochement.

During a discussion on school transport at last week's education committee, Gray went so far as to hold Murray personally responsible for the "dreadful layout of the paths in Cumbernauld" and hoped the Scottish parliament might be able to redesign them.

During the ensuing uproar, one councillor chipped in: "It's OK, the weans are away" - a reference to the earlier attendance of modern studies pupils in the public gallery.

The final Grayism was less appreciated. After teachers' rep Drew Morrice had drawn attention to a misspelling in a council paper - "authentic" for "aesthetic" - the chair reassured him they "would give the wee girl who typed it two of the belt".

The power-dressed, upwardly mobile "wee girls" in his vicinity looked quite a picture.

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