Dave King to depart Daily Record chair

JUST days ago I was blogging about how Scottish journalism would miss Joe Quinn when he leave his post at the Press Association.

Now I hear another giant of the political reporting world is departing his berth.

Dave King, one of Scotland's best kent and respected political editors, is said to have agreed a package to leave the Daily Record.

Like Joe, he'll leave a huge gap.

Few have his contacts, nous or straight talking, frank honesty.

The first day I met him, I was wrestling with some words and he lent over my shoulder and said, 'Hey son, what are you trying tae dae? Don't be so bloody stupid – keep it simple. That's all they want." – and walked off.

It was advice that still serves me well today and, whatever his next adventure, I wish him all the best ahead.

There is a suggestion of a shuffling of the remaining political team, as opposed to any replacement being appointed, with other other movement still to be announced.

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