But spare a thought, too, for Bernard McLeary, Inverclyde's director of education. Fresh from an endorsement by HMI and with the prospect of an pound;80 million modernisation programme, he was basking in the approbation of "well done, thou good and faithful servant". Now he has to serve a political boss who rubbishes the HMI report, pulls out of the rebuilding programme and appears to have lost the confidence of the very people Mr McLeary needs to do his job effectively.
Spare a thought, finally, for the Liberal Democrats in the ruling Executive. Inverclyde represented their flagship victory in the May elections, helping them to stand firm in the coalition negotiations with Labour. Their pride on the Clyde is now looking a little humbled. Should they not step in?