The original letter is a masterpiece of banality, with Mr Allan firmly nailing his opinions to both sides of the argument, and wanting to hear from others before he decides where he stands: "I would be keen to have any opportunity to meet with your staff and parents to hear your views about these matters and wondered if you might be willing to contact my office with a view to arranging such a meeting." Such leadership and dynamism!
That he has provoked the Director of Education - a mild-mannered and enormously respected individual - to write a letter to the Headteachers pointing out that "It is inappropriate for the MSP to approach Comhairle employees in this way and I must now instruct you to disregard the contents of his letter."
Then Murdo MacLeod has written to the MSP, "...it would be quite inappropriate for those employees to engage in any action of this kind..." and "...if, in future, you wish to contact Headteachers you should send me a copy of such correspondence."
It seems clear that the breakdown in relations with Ms Hyslop results from the lack of understanding of the situation by the MP and MSP, and the protestations of the Minister are nothing but bluster.