More gruel, please;Jotter
Gerry Wilson, Secretary of Scottish Office Education and Industry Department, seemed as surprised as everyone else. "It's the Oliver Twist phenomenon - people are asking for more," he observed.
The hotel reception, however, was playing games of Chinese whispers . A noticeboard informed delegates that the conference on "Attendance and Abstinence" was being held upstairs. Presumably, young people would be signing the pledge to attend school: sober.