FIRST Minister Jack McConnell has barricaded himself inside his official residence and is refusing to leave.
McConnell has piled furniture against the door of Bute House in the centre of Edinburgh and seems unwilling to relinquish his office, despite Labour's election defeat.
According to a Scottish Executive spokesman the First Minister arrived at Bute House early this morning and ordered the housekeeping staff to leave.
He bolted the doors, locked the windows and dragged the Cabinet table into the hallway to act as an additional barricade.
He could then be heard laughing and singing as he made his way to the second floor.
Half an hour later McConnell unfurled what appeared to be a hastily prepared home-made banner which read: "This is my house so sod off." He completed the protest message with "JM rules" and a smiley face.
A senior Labour source said: "After the election he spent the first 48 hours screaming, pretty much non-stop.
"Then he became euphoric and demanded that we all go to Bellahouston Park for a naked picnic. Jack usually prefers to have his naked picnics at the Burrell Collection, so naturally we became concerned.
"The next thing we know he tells everyone that he 'has a plan' and then he jumps into his car and heads for Edinburgh."
The police have decided on a 'softly softly' approach and will try to negotiate with McConnell rather than smashing the door in and filling the place with tear gas.
Edinburgh University psychologist Dr Wayne Hayes, said: "He seems to have freaked out."