Scottish independence: Putting the knife in
It could have been Alex Salmond talking.
I see no evidence, said the leader on the platform, that business investment has been deterred by this forthcoming referendum. Quite the reverse.
The leader added that it was entirely right that a major constitutional change should be tested via a popular plebiscite. The people alone should determine the future governance of the nation.
These comments came in response to a complaint from the business sector that the very fact of the referendum on the horizon was causing instability and uncertainty.
Except this wasn't Alex Salmond. As the astute among my readers (that would be 100%) have already spotted, this is a reference to the prime minister and his address to the CBI Scotland dinner last night.
Business schmoozing - austerity style.
"Whit yis wantin'?"
The business tycoon raised a languid eye, brushed a minute fleck of dust from his gold cuff-linked wrist and gazed at the waiter with a mixture of anticipation and irritation. "I'm sorry?"
The aftermath of debate round two
Not a knock-out, then, but a clear points victory.
Alistair Darling was still standing, still in the ring, but it was Team Salmond who were smiling.
Analysis: Leader debate (in bite-sized chunks)
The debate between First Minister Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling, head of the Better Together campaign, gets under way. So here are some bite-sized chunks of analysis.....
Mr Salmond's turn and he pursues Alistair Darling over the issues of welfare and the NHS. He quotes Unison as discerning a threat to expenditure upon health - and repeatedly invites Mr Darling to agree with the statement. He does not.
Kilts, cold water and poetry
So how was your weekend? Saturday went swimmingly for me with a thoroughly deserved victory by the mighty Dundee United over a gallant Ross County.
OK, it was a late goal - but it was a powerfully hit late goal. Well done the lads.
Purdah's welcome relief (for some)
Political purdah means different things for different people.
For Ministers, in the run-up to an election, it places a curb upon their natural desire to evangelise their undoubted talents to the citizens at public expense.
Settle down? Not a chance
Politics is somewhat tapsalteerie - and understandably so - as a consequence of the referendum.
Customarily, in August, our MSPs would be absorbing the delights of the Festival or their constituency or Benidorm, according to whimsy.
A historic setting for a modern offer
A sense of history. Over the weekend, I took the chance to see the magnificent James Plays at the Edinburgh Festival. The performances thoroughly merited the standing ovation offered by the enthused audience.
(If you will forgive me, I will excise from my memory, both recent and historic, another contest which took place in the east end of Glasgow over the weekend. I prefer to dwell on events at Pittodrie and Tannadice. Much more germane.)
The Carney conundrum
Horatio Townshend would, I suspect, have been horrified. Raising an elegant eyebrow, I reckon he would have demurred gently. Ditto Stamp Brooksbank. Although one could never be sure about Joseph Nutt.
Mostly, these former Governors of the Bank of England would, I feel, have preferred relative anonymity. A quiet word in carefully selected ears would have been the approach. Perhaps over drinks at the club.