There I was yesterday, hurling along the reasonably quiet road to Perth, when the car radio emitted the news of Stephen Purcell's immediate resignation from his post as Labour leader of Glasgow Council, the largest council in Scotland. It is understood he will remain a councillor.
'Exhaustion' was the reason given with the pressures of the Commonwealth Games and the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport fiasco cited as likely causes. The news item then broadcast a decidedly tepid few sentences from Iain Gray and a glowing tribute from Alex Salmond who praised Mr Purcell's professionalism - in particular his contribution towards bringing the 2014 Commonwealth Games to Glasgow.
For many years I supported a couple of mental health charities and certainly hoped that, in this 'enlightened' age, the stigma of mental illness would have evaporated but sadly that is not so.
If Mr Purcell is suffering from exhaustion then he deserves privacy to recover in his own time. However, he hasn't helped his situation by cloaking his departure in intrigue, with the heavy hand of his personal lawyers taking control and the employment of the PR company Media House, even though Glasgow Council has an effective PR department.
The blogosphere has some interesting comment and those which have caught my eye are Anna Raccoon, Go Lassie Go (who has other links), The Universality of Cheese and Munguin's Republic. Angus Macleod pays his tribute to Mr Purcell, noting that there are few, if any, in Scottish politics who are giving any credence to the notion that this is just s temporary blip in Purcell's career and that he could soon be back. He is of the opinion it is simply not going to happen.
Not only will his departure as leader of Glasgow Council be a loss to Glasgow but it is a devasting blow to Labour just weeks from a general election.
I wish him well.