Former Tory SPAD, Andy Maciver headlining in the Herald today with the above, writes:

THERE was a time when I wanted to be a Member of the Scottish Parliament. I wanted to do the job for the same reason that most MSPs want to do the job: I thought I could change public policy for the better, and help to create better lives for more people. I’d be lying if I told you all that I don’t still feel twinges from time to time, urging me to weigh in. However the notion now only invades my personal space after a glass or two of gin, before the burdensome impediments steamroller it.

Ha! He wrote this of his boss Ruth Davidson in 2019:

She is the undisputed Queen of the Union, and her iron grip on that throne at the expense of Labour is what doubled her representation at Holyrood in 2016, and delivered the 13 MPs in 2017, without whom Theresa May would not have re-entered Downing Street.

Leaving aside the over-confidence that he could do any better, the suggestion that the deeply honest, courageous and intelligent Swinney is a logical target for his critique leaves us splurting out our tea.