O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us.
IT'S a socialist society led by a left-wing parliament ruling a population with a tendency to boo its own leaders.
The dominant party just scraped to victory at the last election, thanks to an apathetic electorate with unrealistic expectations of its representatives.
But this is not a former communist regime struggling to embrace democracy. It's 21st-century Scotland as seen by US diplomats assigned to keep a close watch on the country.
The American view of Scotland is revealed in documents released under freedom of information legislation from the US State Department's central foreign policy records.
Although it may not rank in the top league of diplomatic gaffes, the papers may upset at least one prominent native. In one section, the First Minister is referred to as Jack Connell.
Jack who? I tend not to keep up with these tinpot socialists, what is his name? Chavez, Sheridan, McFlurry, Miss Hooley? Who cares - I'm with the US on this one