I READ your article on the appointment of David Puttnam as the first chair of the embryonic General Teaching Council for England with great interest. Presumably, on this logic, Ken Dodd will be pressurised to lead the BMA and Alex Ferguson will be evidently suited to chair the Law Society. Both are evidently successful personalities who would know virtually nothing about the intricacies of their new post, yet both have probably been ill sometime and also presumably have a sketchy knowledge of the everyday problems which the legal profession faces.
Luckily, we in Wales do not have an appointee as yet. Therefore I wish to use my right to nominate Graham Henry immediately. As a former headmaster he does happen to understand a little about education (albeit in New Zealand). He would also, crucially, have the in-built advantage of being able to lobby and conduct negotiations with the Welsh Assembly on the pay and conditions of teachers on the eve of the major rugby international matches when tickets are in extremely short supply!