Popping up like a wee dinosaur trying to copy the Broonasaurus, Lord McConnell tries to act tough in the way his former pupils in Lornshill Academy, Alloa, remember so fondly.

He should know all about this. In 2 000, 36 students considered legal action against the SQA and they had actually sat the exams.

They argued that the SQA was in breach of the European Convention of Human Rights.

Their lawyer wrote to the FM and he said that the convention was a legal matter and not one for the Scottish Executive.

BBC Scotland reported at the time:

The action against the SQA is the latest development in the exams crisis which hit students in Scotland. A report on the fiasco published last week concluded that the problems were worse than previously thought and that the results system came within a whisker of collapse.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/1066115.stm

Did he get it fixed or go? Neither.