No kid gloves

23rd June 2000 at 01:00
The spats between SNP and Labour councillors on North Lanarkshire Council are, as we have oft reported, not a pretty sight. Usually the SNP members manage to hold a party line, even if they are frequently gubbed by the Labourites. But last week's education committee meeting revealed a major philosophical schism in the nationalist ranks.

Councillor Murray - no, not the estimable ex-provost Gordon of hat ilk, but his wife Margaret who also represents a Cumbernauld seat on the council - objected strongly to a Labour man describing school pupils as "kids". "Their parents are not goats," proclaimed councillor Murray, only to witness the party line being rent asunder minutes later when SNP group leader Richard Lyle referred to children as, you've guessed it, the offspring of goats. No kiddin'.


Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now