According to Hanif’s 17-year-old daughter, she was taken to the site in Pakistan in a vehicle with blacked out windows. But according to SNP Tactical Voting, this was the same as clay pigeon shooting. No, seriously.
In his defence, Councillor Hanif, a founder member of Asians for Independence, did at least explain: “I don’t think all the children fired it.” Well, that’s all right, then.
The gun-toting nationalist councillor has now been suspended from his party pending an investigation. But, bizarrely, SNP Tactical Voting actually makes the case for not expelling him. Presumably he’s needed in the party so that he can continue giving Alex Salmond tips for his speeches.
It will be interesting to see if SNP Tactical Voting is representative of wider separatist feeling on this issue. Will the whole party rally to Councillor Hanif, or wipe its hands of him?
In the meantime, if anyone has a picture of Councillor Hanif with the First Minister, please let me have it. Or would that be asking too, too much?
UPDATE AT 3.10 pm: Well, no thanks to you lot, but I’ve managed to get my hands on a picture of Alex Salmond with his favourite councillor, courtesy of the Mail Online.