It always pays to keep a little abreast of Scottish Politics if one can.

After all Macavity treats Scotland like his own personal fiefdom (though a somewhat tatty one since Alex “The Salami-Slicer” Salmond lopped a sizeable chunk off it in May) and depends for his majority in The House of Commons on Scotland where they hold 42 out of 59 seats: with a current working majority of 69, the loss of a significant chunk of these seats to the SNP or the Conservatives might mean the difference between a government with a working majority and a minority one.

And there is the little matter of all the loot Scotland garners from hard-working English purses to fund all their little luxuries such as free University education. One likes to keep abreast of how our money is being lavished.

So this report in The Herald reminds us that the state of the Labour Party in Scotland remains poor since they were heaved unceremoniously out of power by the SNP in May and that whilst this remains the case Macavity is unlikely to risk an election. Given the holiday and conference period it must be doubtful if he will take such a risk whilst his own backyard is still trying to recover from the visit of the Nationalist Fox.

What the report also reveals is the dichotomy between Westminster-centric and Edinburgh-centric politicians, an inevitable feature, perhaps, of devolution and the different careerist opportunities each presents (it remains a feature of devolution how few serious Scots politicians have opted for the parish pump politics of Holyrood as opposed to the big boy’s game in London) and the very different agendas that each is pursuing.

One particular criticism of the report is an attack on Labour leader Jack McConnell and his enthusiasm for getting himself noticed on the international stage:

“and there is a dig at [McConnell’s] international profile, saying: “We need devolution delivery, not foreign policy fantasies.”

Alex Salmond is doing quite the opposite, seeking as I write always to project himself and his party onto the international screen in a petty pretension that he and his office are of International Standing.