Ibrox councillor Deirdre Gaughan stirred the pot at Glasgow's education committee by suggesting the problem with poor literacy levels in the city was bad teaching. One per cent of teachers "want what we call in Govan 'an early bath'," Gaughan fulminated.
Ever one to soothe troubled waters on the Clyde, education convener Malcolm Green, who recoiled from the thought of upsetting the Educational Institute of Scotland, replied that he would "leave that one sticking to the wall".
"Do they say that in Govan as well?" a Labour acolyte chirped.