Political grammar

13th May 2005 at 01:00
Education may not have been foremost in the mind of Tony's cronies in the run-up to the election, at least in Scotland which has reaped the benefits of devolution.

But we are relieved to learn that it mattered to the candidates on the ground, in particular to one John Robertson, who held on to Glasgow North West for Labour, and had clearly done his research, asserting proudly in his election leaflet:

"I know from speaking to teachers and parents that Labour has really delivered for young people.

"Spending on education has went up 52 per cent."

We have to thank the Herald diary column for that little nugget, acting on information from one of the supremely educated residents of Hyndland.

Imagine our dismay when we heard of a teacher in the self-same city, who claims she took the cutting into school to share with her esteemed colleagues, only to back off at the last moment for fear they wouldn't get the joke.

Surely not.

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