No minister

31st March 2000 at 01:00
The Sir Humphrey image of civil servants took a bit of a knock at a recent conference when Ian McGhee, head of the training for work division at the Scottish Executive, was brought on as a sub for Henry McLeish, the minister for never-ending learning better known in some parts (ie Methil) as a former professional footballer with East Fife F.

Departing from the usual practice, McGhee warmed up his audience by not apologising for representing the absent minister. "I suppose I should be sorry not to be Mr McLeish, but who wants to be a politician and live in Fife?"

Just what are they putting in the tea at the Leith ministerial HQ in Victoria Quay these days?

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