Maginnis's wall

30th August 1996 at 01:00
Reports reach us from Edinburgh about a fascinating planning application for a private nursery in the Wardie area of the capital.

This attempt to cash in on the pre-school voucher scheme has raised an eyebrow or two, not least from the applicant's neighbour from "over the wall": Elizabeth Maginnis, the city's education chair and leading scourge of vouchers.

We look forward to local objections - on appropriate planning grounds.

But life is not just about vouchers and closing schools for Mrs Maginnis, a long-time champion of the arts (and Hearts). As a leading Labour politician in the festival city, she drifted along to take in A Satire of the Four Estaites, John McGrath's "bawdy, beautiful and occasionally surreal spectacle", as the bumf describes it, but in reality a coarse gibe at Tony Blair and Rupert Murdoch.

The Wildcat socialist-nationalist critique did not go down well with Mrs Maginnis. Nor did the fact that the troupe of girl dancers came from Mary Erskine's, one of Edinburgh's leading independent schools.

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