In the wake of the weekend Tory 'cash for access' sleaze scandal it's perhaps not surprising that a related story has surfaced in the Holyrood context. Thus it's reported that Alex Salmond entertained zillionaire Euromillions winners Chris and Colin Weir at Bute House shortly before the couple donated megabucks to the SNP's election and referendum campaigns.
But the Telegraph's piece seems to concentrate on the fact that the first minister used his official residence Bute House to have tea with the Weirs, which was a bit naughty because he shouldn't be in effect using public resources for party political fundraising. Thus much is made of the fact the engagement involved only tea rather than anything more appetising, and to that extent the Weir's visit didn't have to be recorded. Hence accusations that this was done so that the meeting could be kept secret, but on the other hand there's no mention of whether Tunnock's caramel wafers were consumed - à la Rupert Murdoch - and whether or not this might have affected the classification of the sustenance provided.
But all this smacks of nitpicking. Is it such a big deal precisely how and where Alex Salmond met the Weirs? Indeed there's certainly nothing to suggest that the couple could in any way benefit from SNP policy, unlike Sir Brian, say. And in the unlikely event of their tax position being adversely affected by Scottish independence they could always do a Sir Sean or a Jim McColl and wave the saltire from a jurisdiction offering a more favourable fiscal regime.
No, the bigger issue is surely how democracy can be effectively bought by the rich and powerful by enabling parties to finance glossy and glitzy election campaigns. Never mind the independence issue and illegal referendum, just concentrate on the glamour shoots in the SNP's 2011 election brochure, er, manifesto.
Moreover, the Nationalists are very good at telling us what an increasingly unequal society the UK is and how Alex would wave his magic wand and make it all alright, but here we have the SNP benefitting from what is effectively the most regressive tax around, one which makes very many poor and desperate people just that little bit worse off in order that a tiny number of people can be made obscenely rich.
Which perhaps begs the question, would an independent Scotland have its own inequality-increasing lottery? Or perhaps retaining the UK National Lottery has never been in dispute, social Union and all that.
But it was perhaps fortunate that the Weirs landed their £161 million jackpot in the Euromillions lottery rather than the UK variant. Of course, knowing the SNP if the Weirs had won the UK National Lottery then I'm sure the party could have found a way of having a dig at the whole thing while taking any donation anyway.