The Times reports that the former finance minister Derek Mackay had his counselling fees paid by the SNP after he was forced to resign his cabinet post back in February.
An SNP spokesman told the newspaper:
“Like any responsible organisation, the SNP has a duty of care to people. However, everyone has a right to privacy when it comes to their health and it would be inappropriate to comment further.”
The difference in Derek Mackay's treatment compared to Margaret Ferrier's is quite remarkable if you ask me.
For example, the SNP have not demanded publicly that Mackay must resign from his day job as an Member of the Scottish Parliament - and Mackay remains suspended from the party instead of being held to account for his behaviour.
'Thrown Under The Bus' vs 'Kid Gloves' (04/10/20)
The SNP have gone rather quiet about their former Finance Minister Derek Mackay who was forced to resign earlier this year after a scandal involving social media and a 16 year old schoolboy.
Despite not being seen at Holyrood since February Mr Mackay continues to draw his MSP's salary of £64,000 and has also submitted expenses claims for accommodation in Edinburgh, according to the report below from the BBC.
At the moment there is no 'power of recall' over Members of the Scottish Parliament though MPs at Westminster can be held to account and forced to face a by-election, if they are found guilty of wrongdoing.
So while the SNP's Margaret Ferrier was publicly denounced and thrown under the bus by her former friends and political allies Derek Mackay, by comparison, has been treated with kid gloves.