The solution to breaking point

19th January 2001 at 00:00
David Blunkett has arrived at a solution to teacher shortages: breaking Nigel de Gruchy's legs.

With some schools already on a four-day week, and union leader Mr de Gruchy helpfully balloting NASUWT members on withdrawing cover for missing staff, the two met for a "full and frnk exchange of views" on Tuesday. "He threatened to break both my legs... in a jocular fashion of course," the ever-popular Mr de Gruchy later confided "I told him I hadn't had such a warm reception since Ken Clarke's time at the Department for Education and Employment."

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