The First Minister's night of the sgian dubh is a reminder of the sheer brutality of political life.
It is understandable that, in circumstances of egregious error or malfeasance, a Minister may be obliged to fall on his sword. But that does not appear to be the case for today's three sackings.
Not that we will ever have a full explanation - are they carrying the can for wider difficulties? or not really up to the job? Or is it simply that their faces don't fit? And did they truly deserve such public defenestration?
So, regardless of political allegiances, my sympathies to Ms Fabiani, Ms Watt and Mr Maxwell.