There is something, I confess, about the word "stakeholder" which makes me squirm. Somehow, it oozes corporate branding, an attempt to corral, chirpily, the disparate, disputatious morass which we call society.
I retain an enduring affection for 1930s movies. After all, Groucho Marx summed up certain politicians perfectly when he opined: "Those are my principles and, if you don't like them, well, I have others."
Alex Salmond is fond of quoting Robert Burns. He resorts fairly frequently to "A Man's a Man for a' that". And he regularly notes that "facts are chiels that winna ding."
On one occasion in the past, the FM was the recipient of a Burnsian onslaught - rather than the protagonist. David Cameron called him a "wee, sleekit, cowerin' tim'rous beastie" for deferring his referendum.
Suits you Sir, as Alex Salmond might have said. Certainly, the Scottish government document he was launching promises a "bespoke" package of economic support - and declares that it would be tailored to fit Scottish needs.
That is one of the key themes of the SNP offer in this referendum: that policies are, ultimately, driven by the needs of the City of London and the populous south-east of England; that an independent Scotland could match policies on tax and other measures to the distinctive needs of Scotland.
The Latin, I suppose, is the clue. It indicates that we are dealing not with a cunning politician nor with the wicked media but with one of Her Majesty's civil servants.
Thus, Colin McKay, a senior Scottish government civil servant, is quoted as noting: "We cannot assert as a priori fact that we can achieve a currency union with the UK but we can set out why we think it is the best option."
One hesitates to compare Alistair Carmichael to Michael Palin (in his Monty Python days). I mean, I know the Scottish secretary has disavowed the "bruiser" tag which was applied to him by the wicked media when he entered office.
But still he is quite a big lad and one can never be sure how he will react when his remarks are listed in the same compendium as manic, if hilarious, comic sketches.
Politicians are frequently keen to "move on". Faced with a problem, they are eager to leap astride their camel. Onward ho!, to the next caravanserai.
This propensity is particularly notable when the politician in question or their party or their government has made an unconscionable guddle of something. Then the desert road seems decidedly appealing.
He is the United States Ambassador to the Court of St James. In days gone by, such envoys were described as "extraordinary and plenipotentiary". Five post holders went on to serve as president.
Yet Matthew Barzun appears to carry that weight of history with remarkable lightness. An internet pioneer, a moderniser, he was a key fund-raiser for President Obama. Before London, he was the US Ambassador to Sweden.
Apologies for my somewhat dilatory approach to blogging over the past week or so. My only excuse is that I have been out and about; traversing the globe, even unto Dunfermline, Grangemouth and Edinburgh.
I know, I know. Modern technology would allow me to sidestep such challenges. Have you tried working a laptop while squatting in an edit van outside Dunfermline Abbey in the rain, keeping an eye out for parking attendants? Assuming, that is, I had remembered to bring the laptop and could get it to work. Well, quite.
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