A biblical day at Holyrood
Sundry sources were cited at Holyrood. They could scarcely have been more diverse. Willie Rennie quoted the Bible. Alex Salmond quoted the Daily Record. Johann Lamont quoted herself.
As is only proper, let us begin with scripture. Mr Rennie, he of the Liberal Democrats, said that, as in the Book of Daniel, the first minister had been measured and found wanting - with regard to Scotland's balance sheet.
It's a wee while since I studied scripture but don't most versions of Daniel say something along the lines of "weighed in the balance and found wanting"? Perhaps that might have seemed too much like a reference to the FM's highly successful diet.
Either way, Mr Rennie assumed an ever so slightly superior demeanour as he quoted from the Bible. You know the look. It's meant to represent piety - but, unless carefully done, can look like sanctimony or indigestion.
He suggested further that Mr Salmond was wont to compare himself to Moses. Mr Salmond said he had no idea what his counterpart was talking about.
Where politics meets statistics
Alex Salmond's demeanour was modest, contained and controlled - with the occasional dry quip lobbed in the direction of the wicked media who were questioning him about GERS.
(No, not the outfit who may or may not make it to the cup semi-final to face doughty opponents. We are talking about the Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland report.)
Scottish independence: Brown outlines 'more powers' offer
We learned rather a lot today from Gordon Brown. We learned that he can still deliver a detailed, thoughtful speech ad lib while striding back and forward across the platform, restless like a caged but powerful lion.
We learned what I suspect will be the framework of the Labour offer on more powers for Holyrood when the party's commission reports next week, prior to conference.
Scottish independence: Gordon Brown outlines 'power-sharing' UK
Mr Brown delivered his speech in a church hall in Glasgow's East End, enabling him to recall a few gags from his days as a son of the Manse in the Dear Green Place.
But his approach was decidedly serious. The UK, he said, required to be effectively recalibrated, shedding the lingering image of solitary centralism.
First ministers questions: government accused on justice reform
There he sat, silent and lugubrious. All around him, his accusers demanded his head - or at least a stiff sentence of community work.
His name? Kenny MacAskill. His designation? Justice secretary. His crime? Steering a piece of Scottish government legislation through a decidedly sceptical chamber.
Scottish independence referendum: All, or something?
It is emphatically not the case that the focus will shift entirely away from the independence offer. But, equally, it is important that the alternative proposals for Scotland's future receive a fair deal of attention - and scrutiny.
Nicola Sturgeon decided to retaliate first - by suggesting that her opponents' ideas, both extant and emerging, fall short of Scotland's requirements.
Scottish independence: Sturgeon says devolution proposals 'fall short'
"It is emphatically not the case that the focus will shift entirely away from the independence offer.
"But, equally, it is important that the alternative proposals for Scotland's future receive a fair deal of attention - and scrutiny.
Scottish independence: Standard strife at Holyrood
A peculiarly acute dilemma confronts Alex Salmond and the Scottish government with regard to the comments from Standard Life.
Mr Salmond tells MSPs and others that he has answers ready to the concerns raised by the Edinburgh finance company relating to the possible consequences of independence.