Not that long ago Scotland was a 'Celtic Tiger' standing proudly alongside Eire and looking admiringly at it's economic success. 'That could be us' was the cry. If only we were like Eire and had control over our own economic affairs, then as a member of the EU we would enjoy the sort of boom that they are having. Look at all the wealth and the financial services they are developing.
Then came the bust, and Eire found that as a member of the Eurozone it couldn't do anything to stop its economy imploding, and budget cuts were the only option available to them. A bit like Scotland really, as prescribed by Westminster, and for many of the same reasons. With interest rates at record lows, cutting budgets is the only tool available.
But like MacCavity, the SNP MSPs weren't there. They had already abandoned the belief in the Celtic Tiger, and moved onto ideologies new.
The Arc of Prosperity was the new buzz. Like Iceland and Norway, we were outside the Eurozone and so free from those risks, and as proud independent nations we could follow their example and control our own finances in a way that was only possible by small independent countries.
At least that was the model we were being urged to follow until the Icelandic banks went belly-up closely followed by the Scottish ones: when suddenly the emphasis was changed.
Today we are being urged to look at Spain. And this is where I feel that the search for role models really demonstrates an underlying change in the SNP policy, not for a cultural reason, but for economic and intensely party politcal reasons.
Until recently - and just when did this stop being the case - Catalonia was being held up as the model for the new Scotland. I remember countless MSPs and MEPs extolling the virtues of the Catalan struggle for economic and political independence from Spain. The ties were the language struggle - now rejected by the majority - and the grinding of the economy under the heel of the evil Spanish empire.
The similarities were all to apparent, and no-one need to draw out the implications for the common interests between the two. Remember the campaigns to have both Catalan and Gaelic as official EU languages.
But now we are being pointed at the Basque country, and it is here that the political change can be seen.
The Basques are content to operate as a semi-autonomous state inside Spain, and the economy has boomed as they have ruthlessly exploited thier opportunities to build a thriving economy. Independence is muttered about, but is not a serious political topic, as everything is rosy in the garden. If Catalonia is (was?) Scotland, then the Basque region is more like Cornwall.
Is this really the model that the SNP are holding out for its supporters?
Coming so soon after the abandonment of the Independence referendum and its transparent sidelining as a major issue for the SNP (at least at present) are we going to be faced with the two major parties at the next Holyrood elections both fighting for the flavour of devolution that suits them best?
It looks that way, whatever noises the SNP may make about Independence remaining the/an objective.