Did you watch the Politics Show yesterday lunchtime? Were you poised, like me, for some serious debate?
If your answer is no then consider yourself fortunate. It was dismal; so much so that I'm not even going to suggest you watch it on iPlayer. In fact I would go as far to say it was insulting to Scotland's electorate. It was more like an informal rehearsal than a live programme. Another pathetic effort by the BBC and with ITV not faring much better with their Leaders Debate production last week, Scotland is being deprived by our national broadcasters, of intelligent and serious discussion.
But as it's Monday morning and I've no wish to start the week negatively, what about a citizen's award for the individual who took photographs, on his mobile phone, of Charlie Kennedy having a smoke outside Glasgow Central Station on Thursday and was fined £50 for littering.
According to the onlooker, who refused to be named:
“He'd been puffing at the entrance for about half-an-hour while chatting away on his mobile phone.
“He stood in the one spot and must have smoked four fags – each time letting the dog-end fall on to the pavement beside him.
“But the council litter patrol was keeping a good eye on him to see if he was going to leave them there.
“And once he started to walk away, they pounced.
“He wasn’t happy because I was standing there taking pictures, but I said to him, ‘it’s a public place Charles, I have got the right to take pictures.
“You have got to accept your punishment. You are not above the law’
I can think of an award for this self righteous dunderheid: a weekend, equipped with a bucket, shovel and brush, cleaning up the rivers of vomit which make Glasgow city's pavements like obstacle courses on Friday and Saturday nights. If four doups on a pavement cause him/her so much delight, they'll be ecstatic making the footpaths safe for their fellow Glaswegians. As a gesture of goodwill I'd be prepared to be their personal photographer.
When I was young we used to call such people snitches or clipes. Why they refuse to be named is a mystery. After all, upstanding citizens usually have nothing to hide and are pleased to have their civic duties publicly acknowledged.
Whoever they are I doubt if they'll be bragging about their 'conquest' in any Glasgow pub.