AS THE tension rises over the imminent announcement of Gavin McCrone's findings, we can reveal a matching expectation in the professor's own life.
The former senior civil servant and academic made it crystal clear early on in the inquiry into pay, conditions and everything under the sun that he had a deadline that could not be broken.
This somewhat surprised other inquiry members, well used to British Rail-type delays on journeys into ticky matters. Everything had to be tied up by the end of May, McCrone decreed.
Could the timing have to do with the imminence of the Educational Institute of Scotland's conference in June? Another hole to dig ministers out of? A new quango to chair perhaps? All wide of the mark. "I'm getting married early in June," he disclosed.
We are glad that one person at least is likely to be satisfied with the conclusion of the inquiry.