NUJ celebrates quiz triumph
15 December 2011
Journalists across Britain and Ireland are today hailing the major achievement of the NUJ quiz team in finishing seven from the bottom in the prestigious Justice for Colombia trade union quiz at the TUC.
The event, at which Brendan Barber, TUC general secretary, acted as quizmaster, is generally regarded by participants as the pinnacle of intellectual achievement in the labour movement. After finishing last in the 2010 contest, the NUJ team stunned critics and supporters alike by reaching fifth place in the 2011 tournament.
First and second places went to teaching unions NUT and UCU. Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ team leader and union general secretary, remarked:
"Typical. They're used to exams and such. But nothing can dim our pride in having moved from 11th place to position five in this intellectual super-league. We feel we've done journalism proud, and no mistake.
"Next year, when we've sorted out difficulties concerning the lack of familiarity of some team members with the Sylvester Stallone oeuvre, we're confident we can go even higher.
"Who knows, some day we might even reach the dizzying heights of the top position in this sparkling contest. But for the moment we have the quiet satisfaction of knowing that we are not the worst, quite."