Tough guy's exit
The slightly intimidating demeanour of the former Mod and working-class London boy added a touch of rough and tumble to the sometimes rather sissy worldof education.
I remember Big Al was once asked at a press conference what would happen to employers who failed to follow the skills training agenda.
"Well, let's just say we're expecting them to co-operate voluntarily," he said, cricking his neck and smiling menacingly, "or we'll have to arrange a meeting."
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