I was intrigued to discover, while reading the story on the First Minister declining an invitation to attend Muirfield during the Open Championship, how far the level of debate had sunk.
Mr Salmond and his Sports Minister Shona Robison have written to Muirfield asking them to reconsider their Men Only policy, given that this is the 21st century.
Without wanting to get into the pros and cons of whether the First Minister is right or not; or whether organisations should be allowed to say ... 'no women', or 'no men', the thing I noticed most, and which took my mind off deliberations about whether or not the FM was right or wrong, was the reaction of Jackson Carlaw, deputy leader of the Conservative party in Scotland.
Mr Carlaw said: “At least we will be spared photographs of him [Mr Salmond] sprawled like a beached whale beside the greens.”
I wonder if Mr Carlaw (pictured) intends to be present beside the greens himself and if there will be photographs for us to enjoy.