Having decided to trim the core budget of the Scottish Council for Research in Education, Sam Galbraith entered the lions' den - more like a cubs' corner - to impart words of wisdom on research at the SCRE's forum in Dunfermline. In passng, he referred to his influential "hero and friend". Who could the minister's mystery person be? Nelson Mandela? Tony Blair?
Nope, none other than Douglas Osler, senior chief inspector, sitting proudly in the front row.