Will it be sushi in Motherwell?;Leading Article;Opinion

16th July 1999 at 01:00
ALL IS fair in love and war. In the scramble to recruit teachers as the staffing crisis grows, love has become the lure. A Government-backed campaign aimed at filling vacancies in six London boroughs suggests that teachers can improve their "pulling" prospects by moving to where there are "large numbers of young, free and single" people.

The campaign by the teaching agency Timeplan says that once a teacher has run across a potential partner in a bar, club or restaurant, London offers "secluded walks and idyllic boat rides" to be enjoyed by the happy couple. But before the romance-seeking Scottish teacher plumps for a view of Canary Wharf from a Thames pleasure boat, let the downside be recorded and with it, hopefully, be heard the thanks of directors of Scottish authorities who can offer only a stroll by a canal filled with shopping trolleys.

London doesn't much like Scots. James VI's court retinue found that, and so did James Boswell. Now the Evening Standard weighs in, targeting a Scotswoman on the make. Helen Liddell left the problems of Scottish teachers for those of English transport. According to the strap-hanger's bible, she cares less for the victims of cancelled commuter trains than for her northern constituency, where she practises Highland dancing (some mistake, surely?).

The lure of Airdrie and Shotts must be powerful. Maybe young teachers should think again and apply to magnetic North Lanarkshire, where at least they will be guaranteed an absence of what Timeplan's recruiters assume is a London attraction to babble about - "sushi at 2am".

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