"I do not want to damage your standing in the Labour group in any way but I think this is an excellent document," Chris Mason of the Liberal Democrats, told Malcolm Green, Glasgow's education convener, who had launched the city's education masterplan.
Mason certainly knows how to rough up an opponent. The equally pugilistic and ever-green Peter Mullen, former Catholic heidie and Church watchdog, joined the chorus. "If all these aims and objectives are achieved," he said, "Tony Blair will be sending you and Mr Corsar (the director) to Buckingham Palace for a knighthood."
Normally, Messrs Green and Corsar are told to get knotted.