It was obviously a matter of import when Her Majesty's Inspectors summoned local authority bosses to Murrayfield Stadium last week for the launch of the Investors in People schools campaign (page five).
Senior chief inspector Douglas Osler did his utmost to convert education conveners and directors to the cause and held out a small inducement: "A tour of the stadium will be on offer after lunch."
"Damn it, I've brought the wrong boots," muttered one director.
Ian McMurdo, director in West Dunbarton, which is keen to see school blazers reintroduced, was questioned about his attire by a colleague who inquired: "Is that your uniform?" But the "nae luck" award of the day went to Archie McGlynn, head of the Scottish Office audit unit and the man behind league tables and performance indicators, who was greeted by a flat tyre on his return to the car park.
Too much should not be read into the person chosen to write a foreword to the IIP document: Tom Farmer, boss of Kwik-Fit.