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.
There is, of course, more to it than that.
The legislation in question includes the abolition of the general requirement in Scots Law for there to be corroboration - at least two items of evidence - before a case can go to court.
Supporters of the change say the rule prevents prosecution in certain cases - such as domestic abuse or sexual violence - where corroboration is difficult.
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.
Scottish independence: Business leaders grilled on the referendum
Holyrood's economy committee this morning took evidence from sundry business folk, each offering their opinion on the constitutional debate.
And will there be a report from this event? There will not. For the very understandable reason that there could not be but a single report. There would be two. At least. Welcome to Scotland in this referendum year.
Scottish independence: Pop and politics at Holyrood
Rather wisely, our leaders are generally leery of mingling too readily with the world inhabited by popular beat combos.
Pop and politics, experience teaches them, do not always mix.
Scottish independence: Danny Alexander's disarming frankness
On most matters, Danny Alexander was quite deliberately courting controversy with his comments to Holyrood's economy committee. Independence? It'll cost you.
But, on one topic at least, his disarming frankness probably prompted universal endorsement.
Scottish independence: Is EU debate common sense?
When you hear the phrase "common sense", do you think of the Scottish enlightenment philosophical school associated with Thomas Reid?
Or perhaps the challenging pamphlet of that name by Thomas Paine? Or the tone of the sermons preached by Dean Swift in Dublin during his days off from writing about Lilliput and the Yahoos?