Rebel's revenge

18th July 1997 at 01:00
"She skipped lessons, broke the rules, and now runs Edinburgh's schools but Liz Maginnis is still a rebel with a cause" was how the city's evening paper introduced a fulsome two-page feature on the capital's education convener.

Strangely, there was no reference to the running feud between the Evening News and the council in which the paper's most famous piece of fearless investigation was not into Maginnis skipping off lessons but into skipping off to France in March on an official trip when schools were facing cutbacks.

Nothing daunted, she insisted on posing for a photograph in front of a school blackboard on which she had written: "On aime visiter Paris, mais malheureusement le journal ne l'aime pas" ("I like going to Paris, but unfortunately the newspaper doesn't like it"). We salute her sang-froid.

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