Instead of writing about those allegedly pesky Poles, he is taking up a more suitable role as special advisor (press) to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond.
The current head honcho there, the ever impressive Kevin Pringle, is being bumped up the SNP tree with his portfolio widening to include more strategy.
It means an opening for a political hack to join the Associated title, but rumour has it, only as a foot soldier.
Apparently management have decided to put the political editor’s position on ice for now, and instead make do with another political reporter alongside the current incumbent, John Robertson.
Of course, that may change in due course.
Meanwhile time is running out for other political animals to throw their hats in the ring for the Scottish Political Editor’s job at The Herald.
Applications have to be in with departing editor Charles McGhee by Friday.