After the celebration comes the inquest. IfL failed. Finally, it was beyond repair. It was arrogant and distant, and had negligible credibility with FE teachers. It was seen more or less as another layer of management. We need to work out what went wrong. The IfL didn't address the everyday realities of teaching life, that's for sure. Rather, they indulged in a very managerial and disconnected 'aspiration-alism', of the kind college managers indulge in. On the other hand, have FE teachers missed a trick here? The bigger agenda is deregulation, privatization and the further erosion of both teachers' terms and conditions and the best traditions of further education. In that context, an organised argument for and defence of teacher professionalism is essential. This goes beyond the role of the UCU (although it is clearly linked to a defence of terms and conditions). But somehow FE teachers need to raise the debate.