THE Diary has told how Nigel de Gruchy, general secretary of the NASUWT, recently became a suit salesman: shepherding dozens of delegates at an international union conference in Jomtien, Thailand, to an enterprising tailor called Mr Rani in exchange for a free suit. "You've heard of Armani. Next year, everybody will be wearing a Rani," he said.
Now we hear Peter Smith, head of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, may have packed a Rani for this week's Trades Union Congress conference. Back in Thailand, Mr Rani is reported to be displaying Mr de Gruchy's card in his window, treating customers to tales of the great man and selling suits "by appointment" to The Gruch.