Health minister Maureen Watt is one of many weel-kent SNP faces in danger of deselection for the Holyrood elections next year. My North Angus MSP, Nigel Don, was deselected last weekend.
I have met Mr Don on many occasions. He is courteous and knowledgeable and has gone out of his way to be helpful, especially to a local Kenyan family.
Perhaps he has shown too many good traits to enable him to represent the people who voted for him. I can’t imagine he was proud of or impressed by the Cybernat antics of his colleagues, and I doubt if he has recovered from the humiliation of supporting the campaign to keep the Stonehaven Court open, only to be forced to vote for closure by his masters in the Parliament.
I can only assume his replacement, Brechin Councillor Mairi Evans, ticks more of the boxes required of SNP politicians these days, ie an obsession with independence and a second referendum, unthinking devotion to the party, ability to blame all Scotland’s ills on England and the Tories, and lack of depth when it comes to real knowledge and experience of the issues facing my country and how to deal with them.