It's not often these days I read the Scotsman in detail, mainly because I have no enthusiasm for labour press releases, but this story is interesting: 'Salmond fights to restore faith in banking'.
During FMQs recently Alex Salmond (Scotland's First Minister) was chided for not paying enough attention to Scotland's financial sector. The writer of the article clearly doesn't watch FMQs or he would know Mr Salmond was accused of going to receptions not parties. There is a difference. For the benefit of David Maddox here's my definition of both occasions; the former is usually a business gathering whilst the latter is a get together with friends. In case that's not clear enough I'll explain it on a personal level - I wear court shoes to receptions and stilettos to parties.
Back to the story. Alex Salmond is at Euro Finance Week in Frankfurt, talking with European leaders and other financiers about the benefits of Scotland as a financial base. He will have meetings with the president of the European Central Bank, the chairman of Deutsche Bank and the prime minister of Luxemburg.
He will also be a keynote speaker in the panel session 'restructuring the global financial architecture' alongside Dr Jurgen Stark of the European Central Bank, Professor K C Chan, secretary for financial services and the treasury of the Hong Kong special administrative region.
This is a well organised trip which has been scheduled for several months.
Meanwhile, back in the MSP unionist camp he's warmly applauded for his efforts on behalf of Scotland:
Labour: Labour's finance spokesman, Andy Kerr, said: "Obviously we welcome Mr Salmond's efforts, but it is a pity he has taken so long to realise he has got a job to do here in supporting Scottish banks and Scotland's interests."
Libdems: Liberal Democrat finance spokesman Jeremy Purvis said: "Mr Salmond has palpably failed to outline a vision of what type of banking and what competitive environment is best suited for the devolved Scottish economy.
"Yet again he will be parading soundbites abroad with there being absolutely no direction from his government back home about what type of industry the Scottish economy requires."
CBI: CBI Scotland director Iain McMillan raised concerns that the trip might end up being focused on independence and not Scotland's needs.
What we do hope is that he does not go over there to talk about the National Conversation and independence, which he has done on other foreign trips, and which don't help Scotland at all."
If anyone can ensure that Scotland recovers her reputation as a financial centre of excellence, after the clumsy way in which Gordon Brown handled the banking crisis, Alex can and the unionists know there's not one amongst them who could do the job.
Gawn yersel' Alex! (loosely translated as 'sock it to them')