Frank McAveety, a labour MSP and former minister, has been forced to resign from his role chairing a committee in the Scottish Parliament after being heard making comments about a woman in the public benches.
A microphone picked up the MSP discussing the "very attractive girl" in a conversation with the committee clerk during a break in committee proceedings between the consideration of petitions on wind farms and Parkinson's disease.
He was heard to say: "There's a very attractive girl in the second row, dark... and dusky. We'll maybe put a wee word out for her."
The married Mr McAveety continued: "She's very attractive looking, nice, very nice, very slim," before adding: "The heat's getting to me."
But regardless of the heat he didn't give up: "She looks kinda... she's got that Filipino look.
"You know... the kind you'd see in a Gaugin painting. There's a wee bit of culture."
What is it with Labour politicians and microphones?
Mr McAveety said yesterday he would quit his role as committee convener and as Labour's sports spokesman in Scotland then events overtook him and he was sacked from both positions. Now he should have more time to ogle the women on the public benches. Was this a resigning matter? I think not. A yellow card would have sufficed.
Brian Taylor calls him a 'laddish rascal'. I call him a silly fool. Mrs McAveety may not be so restrained.
Update: Mr Eugenides has a video of the chat and his own opinion.