Nip of Dewar's

11th September 1998 at 01:00
To a pleasant ceremony marking the official opening of the new offices of the General Teaching Council. It was graced by BBC cameras, which could have been a pleasing response to the council's high profile.

Alas not. They were there to interview Donald Dewar who was unveiling the plaque.

The Scottish Secretary, it turns out, was a member of the GTC from 1977-78 - as a nominee of the Scottish Secretary. It was one of the few bodies of which he was a member where he did not open his mouth once, he recalled.

His other recollection of that time was his membership of the Pack committee on truancy and indiscipline in schools. "We decided we could not define truancy, had no statistics on indiscipline and then proceeded to write an extremely lengthy report."

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