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As I`ve stated already ad nauseam, season 3′s quality took a nosedive into the cludgie, purely as a consequence of decisions taken by Impossible Pictures with regard to the generation of stories and the hiring of writers.
A very interesting comment on the Scotsman article you link to Iain and I think it displays what most Scots think of this issue and how Labour are going down the cludgie in the Western Isles and elsewhere in Scotland.
His future - life or death - was metaphorically in his hands, but literally what was in his hands was part of a cludgie.