Just back from having a shufti at the Calcutta Cup, won so magnificently at Murrayfield last weekend.
It was briefly on display at Holyrood as MSPs mustered to congratulate Frank Hadden and the team.
Many congrats from me too. Frank’s footballing allegiance may lie in the direction of a certain Dundonian side who play in dark blue - but he’s a good man and a talented coach who, after setbacks, managed to draw the best from the side in a performance that showed the consistency and confidence which had been lacking previously.
Prize for the best rugby gag of the day goes to Annabel Goldie who informed the chamber that Scotland’s grand slam victories have been during periods of Tory rule at Westminster.
“Not long to wait now, lads,” she added cheerily.
Labour MSPs were looking a bit chirpier too after first minister’s questions. They reckon Wendy Alexander put up her best showing since taking over as Labour leader.
Both she and Annabel Goldie pursued the FM over Local Income Tax. Details, they demanded, details.
Alex Salmond duly produced details. Just not, entirely, the details he was asked to produce.
As ever, the FM sounded confident, perhaps taking his lead from the new Murrayfield momentum. He sounded relatively unconcerned when pressed on the specifics of LIT.
Why? Other than his natural ebullience, why? Is it perhaps because Mr Salmond can detect the prospect of a twin-track victory?
If he can steer local income tax past the hostile elements at Holyrood, then that’s a manifesto commitment delivered.
If, as seems much more likely, he is thwarted, then he can blame the wickedness of the opposition.
Frankly, the greater political gain probably lies with the second scenario. That led The Scotsman to speculate today that the Scottish Government’s heart wasn’t truly in it when it came to advancing local income tax. (Nice piece, Hamish.)
The paper cited an interview on BBC Newsnight Scotland in which, they suggested, John Swinney got a doing from the estimable Gordon Brewer.
Think there’s a touch of truth in that analysis. Certainly helps explain why the detail hasn’t perhaps been quite as fully and freely available as one might expect.
However, we must be careful not to take this too far. John Swinney and Alex Salmond want to be able to show that they have, at the very least, given local income tax its very best shot.