More in today's Herald on the "compensation for loss of office" in the region of £290,000 paid to former chief executive of Historic Scotland, Ruth Parsons. Her time in charge was overshadowed by complaints about her management style, charges of bullying and the gradual politicisation of the agency. See post yesterday.
MSPs have now started to weigh in. Martin Williams, who has been all over the story, quotes several of them:
Alex Johnstone, the Scottish Conservatives' spokesman on Infrastructure, Capital Investment, Housing and Transport, said ministers had to "come clean on who approved this and why".
He said: "Taxpayers will be rightly appalled by the excess of this golden goodbye payment.
"It's an insult to hard-working families everywhere for public money to be lavished on someone who, it appears, has chosen to leave of her own accord. How can the Scottish Government possibly justify giving someone a pay-off nearly three times her annual salary on top of a substantial pension package?"
Scottish Labour's Patricia Ferguson, the Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Sport and External Affairs, added: "The level of payout seems grossly excessive when considering the period of service at Historic Scotland and its dysfunctional nature during that period.
"This payment raises more questions about how Historic Scotland is managed. I have increasing concerns about how it is being run and given those concerns the decision of the SNP to give it even more responsibilities seems to go against best practice. Taxpayers will expect answers about how our money is being used."
Full story here. The amusing part of the story is the by-now familiar fumbling of Historic Scotland's own press office. No comment in today's story, only a prepared statement from the Scottish government, while yesterday's quote was both insulting and missed the point: "The exit package for Ruth Parsons was funded by the Scottish Government and not from Historic Scotland budgets".
As long as the exit package didn't come out of Historic Scotland's budget...