Striking ideas

March 5, 2004

Descriptions of various forms of picket line have been reaching The Diary after last week's strike by the Association of University Teachers. Plans by three Heriot-Watt academics to picket a small research outpost on Orkney were thwarted by severe blizzards that blocked all the roads. Instead, the trio gamely mounted a "tele-picket", pledging to ring the other two to report themselves if they got the urge to work. Meanwhile, Dundee University brushed off reports that the Princess Royal had a rough time crossing the AUT's picket line when she arrived to name the new Queen Mother Research Centre. Cries were heard of "Off with her head". An official statement reads: "A group of four or five pickets did wave as she entered the campus and there were a few seconds of good-humoured banter that did not upset her in the slightest." Just as well - she might have set the dogs on them.

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