Charlie Gordon MSP is less than content. He had promised a statement on his political future by the end of this week. It duly emerged today.
Is he quitting his seat? Is he resigning the Labour whip at Holyrood? Neither.
Instead, the statement is a prolonged tirade against those who have, apparently, been stirring up “snide innuendo” about his business connections while a councillor in Glasgow.
I rather suspect - and this may come as a shock to you - that Mr Gordon has in mind some of his erstwhile comrades on the city council. He believes, in short, that there are people out to get him.
Now you might think that he has done a fairly good job in that regard without external assistance.
He it was who solicited a donation of £950 from a Jersey businessman for Wendy Alexander’s leadership campaign.
He had earlier attracted the same sum from the same source for Glasgow South Labour Party.
Both donations proved to be illegal.
Mr Gordon’s defence is that he had thought they were paid via a UK registered company. This was wrong.
In his statement today, Mr Gordon says he will deal with whatever emerges from the Electoral Commission in due course. Meantime, he stays in office.
That is the substance of the statement. But far more content is devoted to a lengthy defence of his period on the city council, including six years as leader.
His detractors, he says, tend not to mention the regeneration of Glasgow in that time.
Instead, he says, they indulge in “snide innuendo” about gifts, hospitality, business trips, planning consent and the like.
Such matters, he says, are strictly regulated by the local authority. Further, “the notion that one person can control planning decisions is absurd”.
Three things occur to me:
One, Charlie Gordon is plainly hurting.
Two, Glasgow City Council is plainly not the epitome of comradely fellowship one had always imagined it to be.
Three, this entire affair will remain unresolved until the Electoral Commission rules. Or the police intervene. Or both.