Sunny South;Jotter

12th March 1999 at 00:00
The north-south divide between the Lanarkshires extends beyond boundary lines to the culture of their education committees. In the north debates can be lively lengthy, knockabout and politically charged. Down south the ongoings are, shall we say, brief.

It was a bit superfluous for Alan Dick, education convener in the south, to express mock concern at the extent to which "unity was breaking out" at a recent meeting.

Dick might have said euphoria instead. Councillors queued up to laud the council's achievements. Phrases such as "a tremendous success", "a superb example of partnership", "huge success story", "this speaks volumes for the authority" and "another exciting document" peppered the council chamber in Hamilton.

If this good news continues after the local elections, South Lanarkshire could well beat the 12-minute record for the shortest meeting set by an education committee last year. But at least the agendas are longer than Dundee's.

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