A MUCH kinder welcome comes from David's hometown paper. "A colourful Bolton professor has been given one of education's top jobs," celebrates the Evening News.
Not sure if "colourful" is better or worse than "progressive", but we also learn he's a "dynamic figure" with a "reputation in some circles as a maverick".
There's more to come in the comments of one Enid Hampson, David's "proud sister ... who stil lives in Bolton". Recalling his days at Oxford Grove primary and Bolton school, she reveals: "David was quite a card and loved acting at school. He used to make us laugh at home by mimicking some of the masters."
And, most tellingly: "He still is quite eccentric and I call him the mad professor."
Bless her. David's reputation is sealed. But at least the QCA is about to become a bit more fun.