But that shouldn't detract from the fine political game the local authorities' leaders have been playing, and which looks as though it could actually deliver something concrete.
It was in March that the independent councils of Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles announced they were going to launch a campaign seeking significant new powers following the 2014 referendum - regardless of the result.
One that effectively invites the committee to take a far more radical view of land reform than it would appear the Scottish Government's land reform review group is taking.
They came from across the Highlands to see Susan Boyle, and well beyond.
One party had come all the way from the US determined to see her, and were due to attend the succeeding shows in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow as well. The tour was highlighted in the USA Today newspaper with the angle that she was looking for a husband.
But perhaps more surprising than the North American perspective was the extraordinary response from the locals - or at least those who had bought tickets for the performance and had packed out Eden Court Theatre.
They apparently chose the wrong church and made off with the wrong alter vessel.
This rather daft piece of criminal enterprise may have triggered memories of a far bigger crime in that area, which involved two murders. The first was political, in the broadest sense. The second was almost certainly judicial murder.
These are soon to be examined by Scotland's national academy of science and letters, the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
The break in was at St Brides Episcopal Church in Onich on the north side of the bridge.
If such an absolute right to buy (ARTB) was granted it would give Scotland’s 6,700 or so tenant farmers similar rights to those enjoyed by crofters since 1976.