Leader in his field

22nd June 2007 at 01:00
The educational background of Alex Fergusson, the new presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament, has been much in the news because he is an Old Etonian. Not to be outdone, the Scottish Agricultural College has now highlighted his higher education, proudly claiming him as an alumnus.

It lists key biographical points, including his farming of sheep and cattle in South Ayrshire and his presidency of the Blackface Sheepbreeders Association. The college remarks that, with a minority government, his parliamentary role will be more important than ever before, but it stops short of suggesting this will offer him a splendid opportunity to demonstrate his animal-handling skills.

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