I caught the end of Brian Taylor's Big Debate on Friday and there was a very interesting discussion on COSLA's position on teachers' pay & conditions. Margo MacDonald talked her usual sense and there was a great contribution from a fiery and articulate experienced supply teacher in the audience. However, what really made me sit up and take notice was one of the panellists who kept referring to "rich" teachers and how we were far too expensive. His contempt for public service workers (and teachers in particular) was evident. His name was Michael and he sounded exactly like Mike Russell in accent, tone and delivery. It was bizarre...at one point I thought it actually was Russell and he'd finally flipped and was expressing his true feelings now the election was over! I listened to the whole programme today on BBC iPlayer and it turns out it was Michael Fry, author, historian and former Scottish Conservative who was spouting this nonsense. If you have five minutes to spare it's worth a listen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b011jx67/Brian_Taylors_Big_Debate_03_06_2011/ The key part starts at 45:30 and ends at 50:30. If you still know any docile teachers who can't be bothered voting and think everything will be fine, play them this five minute excerpt and they may finally wake up and realise that these are the type of people we're up against.