Thursday 25 May 2017

You can shout at Ruairi all ye like – it's just comic relief

There's no point inviting bosses to conferences because we already know who's really in charge.

It's conference time, and some trade unionists are displaying their anger
It's conference time, and some trade unionists are displaying their anger
Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

IT is, of course, bad manners to speak loudly and interrupt the Minister for Education when he's seeking to improve his image. That's what happened last week. Some teachers became excited about the state of education and spoke in a somewhat agitated way.

It's conference time, and some trade unionists are displaying their anger; and other trade unionists are seeking conscientiously to find the exact spot on the minister's backside they believe he would most like them to kiss.

On the whole, some of us aren't in favour of shouting – it's bad for the blood pressure. But beyond all that, if you're a teacher it's tremendously foolish of you to invite Ruairi Quinn to speak at your trade union conference.

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