I can’t remember this happening before, though I’m sure it has at some point. I knew Colin before he was elected and even though he was in the SNP, I always had a high regard for him, as did many people in Pollokshaws, where he was a local community activist.
Interestingly, and perhaps significantly, Colin represents a part of Glasgow South that is also part of the Govan constituency of the natioanlists’ deputy leader, Nicola Sturgeon MSP.
Don’t worry – I’m not going to start predicting the demise of the SNP and the resurgence of Labour. This is, after all, one defection, with no votes having changed hands (except one at the City Chambers, obviously). Still, it’s welcome news. Colin complained of being bullied by members of the nationalist group in Glasgow and now they’ve started throwing insults his way, as you would expect.
Divorce is never easy.