The UK Chancellor holds up the Budget documents in a battered red briefcase every year just to make the point. “Look, I’ve got a whole lot of new, shiny and very intelligent ideas,” the briefcase says, before its human carrier utters a word.
But it’s perhaps not completely impossible that the Scottish Government has got just a little bit carried away on the strategising front with, at the last count, a total of 23 different strategies, plans and, even more excitingly, “action plans” affecting the economy and its various parts.
According to the Fraser of Allander Institute, this has resulted in a “confused and cluttered” approach. Doubtless somewhere in Victoria Quay a hard-pressed but highly intelligent civil servant – desk piled high with a riot of reports – will calmly insist they understand perfectly well how it all fits together.
However, the question is, does anybody else?