Leaders of the Professional Association of Teachers seem to suffer from Spinal Tap drummers'syndrome. Readers may remember that percussionists on the spoof rockumentary met a string of sudden and bizarre ends. PAT top brass have dropped like flies ever since.
In 1997, the "no-strike" union's general secretary John Andrews mysteriously left with a cheque and a gagging order. Two years earlier, the national chairman David Walker resigned after just 24 hours in office on telling a radio interviewer that classes of 40 children could be acceptable. Now we are informed that current general secretary Kay Driver will be leaving in the spring to become chie executive of the British Horse Society.
Ms Driver, who is barely halfway through a five-year term, was on holiday when a faxed statement was circulated. Apparently, "it is now time to move on to a new challenge - something I always relish."
PAT's current national chairman Caroline Wigmore expressed the union's "considerable appreciation of the excellent work Kay has done as general secretary" but could not be reached for further comment. Meanwhile, an insider at the British Horse Society was as bemused as the rest of us: "She is not a member of the society. We don't really know who she is. But she has been riding since childhood."