Parliaments always look at their worst when everyone is agreeing with each other, and Thursday's session at Holyrood was especially stomach-churning. Now, I know that there is supposed to be a national consensus in defence of HBOS and I have no objection to that.
Where it went completely over the top was in MSPs' lemming-like decision to follow, to the letter, Alex Salmond's attacks on those who indulged in the short selling of HBOS shares. Other than Patrick Harvie, leader-in-waiting of the Greens, all the party leaders lined up dutifully behind the First Minister to agree that this proud, noble and wonderfully efficient organisation had been laid low by the actions of bad people.
This is far from being the view of a large proportion of those who are about to see their jobs die. Among those employees and, increasingly among financial experts, the blame is much more being laid at the door of their bosses at The Mound - including Andy Hornby, the chief executive who is said to be in line for a £2 million sweetener in the takeover.
A lot more of this kind of thing to come, I suspect.