Open and shut

4th June 2004 at 01:00
To the Scottish Parliament, where Peter Peacock is bearding the Tories over their stance on rural school closures way back in the Major dynasty. The Education Minister might have embarrassed them further, given the presence of David Mundell, the South of Scotland Tory.

Mundell pronounced recently that Tories around the country would never agree to closures without the consent of parents and the community. Ripping the heart out of rural communities and all that.

Er, um. When push came to closure in Scottish Borders - run by the Tories and Independents - four schools closed out of four in the first round. A disagreement about Glen Douglas primary offered the perfect opportunity to test the national policy.

Seven Tories voted for closure, one against and two abstained.

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