A boon for the SNP and a smack in the jaw for democracy.
Maybe every one of the voters of John Letford's Lochee ward voted for the man rather than the party but I seriously doubt it. We can't have a system where people stand for one party and then when the balance of power shifts they jump ship in order to suit themselves.
John Letford may well have been having "serious problems" within the Labour group for a number of years and he may well have "agonised" over this decision but the man was elected on a Labour ticket and consequently he has a duty to his constituents to serve them under the Labour banner.
If a councillor, or any politician for that matter, wishes to switch party or become 'independent' between elections then they should step down and fight a by-election after doing so. Simple as that.
So yes, a doubtless coup for the SNP in winning control of Dundee but it is something of a hollow victory if Dundonians are feeling shortchanged.
On a not entirely unrelated point, I have no idea if John Letford is leaving Labour to cling on to his position as Lord Provost but I thought this rather amusing quote might shed some light on answering that question:
“He loves being in the limelight — when he passes in his car you can see him waving like the Queen.”