Ministers grab headlines
Jack, it seems, is furious with Nicol for being a "self-promoting headline grabber". Not a politician, surely?
Then we learn from the forthcoming book on Donald Dewar that Sam Galbraith, McConnell's predecessor as education minister, saw Jack as a chap who threw tantrums in Cabinet over his lack of publicity.
"Jack believed that wherever he went, there ought to be huge flag-waving crowds accompanied by the media singing his praises," according to Galbraith.
It's good to know we now have a First Minister and Deputy First Minister who have so much in common.