Nae hope, nae faith, nae blame

22nd September 2000 at 01:00
WE are grateful to former teacher Adam McNaughtan for permission to carry his latest epistle, SQA Republic, inspired by present discontents and Morris Blythman's Eskimo Republic (to the tune of Lass o'Gowrie).

Fortune's wheel is birlin' roon

And marks go up that aince were doon,

Your appeals results will be here soon,

Says the SQA republic.

Where there is nae hope, there is nae faith;

A repeat next year's as shair as daith,

But nae blame's attached to Sam Galbraith

For the SQA republic.

The secret of our system's strength:

The Parliament's at arm's length;

It's bureaucrats first and pupils tenth

In the SQA republic.

The need for Higher Still is clear,

So to Hell wi the working teacher's fear

And to Hell wi the weans we've failed this year!

Say the SQA republic.

Well you stood there waitin' for the post

Wi bated breat and fingers croassed:

Wan B, wan C and the rest got loast

In the SQA republic.

Our computer is the best that's gaun

And the telly you'll have seen it on,

'Cause it came fae Camelot, second-haun'

To the SQA republic.

Oh the ba's birl roon in a cage o' wire

And ye haud your breath as doon they fire;

Yes, you've got Band 6 in your English Higher

Fae the SQA republic.

Pride o' Worth's the motto for all to see

Of the Qualifications Authority;

Sam's motto is "It wisnae me

It was the SQA republic."

Ron Tuck has bitten the poisoned pill

And others gone against their will;

Let's see that the blame goes Higher Still

Than the SQA republic.


Where there is nae hope, there is nae faith,

A repeat next year's as shair as daith;

Are you listening, Sam Galbraith,

And the SQA republic.

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