A serious matter
This blog is styled Blether with Brian - and, customarily, I am more than happy to indulge.
However, the big story in Scottish politics today is one that does not lend itself to blether, whatever the temptations.
A 43-year-old man was first detained and then charged with perjury, a criminal offence which, upon conviction, can attract a prison sentence.
That bald statement is not altered by the fact that the 43-year-old male in question is Tommy Sheridan, erstwhile Socialist MSP.
Reaction there has been, of varying content. Mr Sheridan himself is expressing outrage at the manner of his detention and vowing to clear his name.
The party he founded, Solidarity, say they are behind him.
The party he left, the Scottish Socialist Party, say they are focused upon other matters.
The newspaper he successfully sued, the News of the World, declined to comment.