Mouth to hand resuscitation

30th October 1998 at 00:00
WHEN Donald Dewar visited Clackmannan to praise its early intervention scheme (page eight) the Secretary of State was left in no doubt about the nervousness he created in at least some of his audience. One primary 7 girl who had been on station awaiting his arrival said: "I've jist aboot chewed ma fingers aff waiting for you tae come and shake hands wi' me."

"Well, take them out of your mouth and shake my hand," replied the consummate politician.

Bob Allan, Clackmannan's chief executive, revealed another of the Secretary of State's political skills. A former housing official in Glasgow, Allan said that Dewar had the knack of arriving at an annual tenants' association function for senior citizens in his Drumchapel constituency just after the guests of honour had been obliged to do a party piece. He came clutching a bottle of House of Commons whisky but avoided the ritual humiliation which the rest of the high heid-yins had to endure.

"Timing is everything," remarked Allan. "Bribery works, too," replied Dewar.

Anne Pearson, headteacher of Park primary, Alloa, which played host to the early intervention event, struck the right note when she said that "good ethos by itself is not enough to make a difference. Some schools are aw ethos - nae achievement."

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