Party leaders were over the road at the Palace of Holyrood House, welcoming the Pope to Scotland, so FMQs was left to the deputy leaders today.
Johann Lamont, for Labour, questioned the deputy FM on the reduction of teachers, jobs in the public sector and jobs within the Scottish NHS. Nicola Sturgeon gave a feisty performance as she added some facts to the figures quoted by Ms Lamont.
Murdo Fraser decided upon one of my hobby horses - the number and cost of quangos in Scotland. The deputy FM did her best to defend the indefensible.
The deputy Libdem leader, Mike Rumbles honed in on the SNP's 'failed' manifesto promises for projects in the north east. His efforts to trap Nicola Sturgeon on grading the First Minister's abilities fell on stony ground. They should have stayed there in the first place.
It was good to hear the deputy FM reiterate, on several occasions, that the forthcoming cuts were the responsibility of the last Labour government and them alone. They need to continue to repeat this until it becomes embedded on the mind of every voter in Scotland.
Once the BBC puts the video online I will post it here for those of you overseas who find access blocked.