Galbraith packs uphis political scalpel
The 55-year-old former neurosurgeon also had to weather storms over Section 28 and the abolition of statutory pay bargaining for teachers. But his decision to set up an independent inquiry may be seen in etrospect as a master stroke that paved the way for a settlement that has rebounded to the political credit of Jack McConnell, his successor.
Mr Galbraith was also in charge during the far-reaching Standards in Scotland's Schools Etc Act, although detailed committee work was left to Peter Peacock, his deputy.
The former minister had an abrasive and curmudgeonly style and, in his relations with teachers, never quite managed to shake off the consultant's traditional bedside manner of "I know best".