We are the poorer for the passing of Margo MacDonald MSP, a genuine conviction politician.
She had a sharp intellect, but was able to communicate her views in a clear and honest manner, in terms that the ordinary man or woman could understand.
Sadly, her independence of spirit meant she would never fit in to a parliament where to have original views and honestly held opinions that differed from the party line seemed to be regarded as a crime.
She was, quite simply, a class act and head and shoulders above the majority of those she sat with.
In a meritocracy, Margo would have headed the parliament.