McCrone was inevitably the ghost at the EIS feast. We do not, of course, refer to Ian McCrone, Renfrewshire local secretary. "Yes, I do apologise," he said before anyone got the jibe in first.
Surprisingly, one ghost who failed to materialise was Keir Bloomer, the union's former depute general secretary, now leadr of the directors of education. He was architect of the revolution which, readers will recall, was unceremoniously slung out by 98 per cent of EIS members last year. Although some delegates could see the join, Bryce Wilson from Doon Academy in East Ayrshire suggested that "McCrone has few bloomers in it".