If you want to climb over rivals to reach high office, then a degree in intimidation is a must.
Call it what you will -browbeating, bullying, coercion, scare tactics - but when it's used by someone else it always sparks political glasshouse stone-throwing.
Take the continuing tit-for-tat denouncing alleged intimidation during the Grangemouth dispute.
No surprise that PM David Cameron backs owners Ineos and castigates the Unite union, while Labour leader Ed Miliband doesn't.
First Minister Alex Salmond is floundering in the middle, trying not to upset either side, while Labour's voice in Scotland, Johann Lamont, has been suffering from chronic laryngitis.
Labour were already under pressure over their botched inquiry into allegations of Unite dirty tricks in vote rigging at a Falkirk by-election.
New revelations from Unite's Grangemouth shambles have increased the pressure for Miliband to publish their report and reopen that inquiry.
He has an obvious reluctance to share his dirty linen, especially since it may also cause folk to ask if Falkirk is Scotland's only safe Labour seat to be taken for granted and treated with such disdain.
Cameron is now gleefully also cashing in on intimidation by Unite members at the homes of Grangemouth managers.
Imagine, even the shop steward who almost took the most important industrial site in Scotland to the brink of closure has the cheek to complain of intimidation.
Stevie Deans wrote in his resignation letter: "The hurt to my family is unforgiveable."
He's lucky a workers' Leverage mob didn't arrive on his family's doorstep.
Cameron is less concerned with Falkirk and the invasion of private lives than with trying to embarrass Red Ed.
Miliband has been struggling to distance himself from what's seen as the malign influence of Len McCluskey, leader of Britain's biggest union.
It was Unite who helped Miliband win his leadership battle with his brother David (as it also helped Lamont).
It is Unite which has donated more than £10m to Labour under Red Ed, so don't expect their MPs to take on paymaster McCluskey.
Fact is, this political point scoring is boring most voters. They don't want to hear it, or about price fixing jam tomorrow, or windfall taxes next year.
They don't want to hear Cameron tell them to combat energy price hikes by wearing an extra jumper.
Certainly not when it's revealed that morally bankrupt millionaire MPs are claiming thousands in taxpayers' money to pay heating bills for their second homes.
You have to ask, if 310 MPs felt paying their own heating bills was the right thing to do, how can the 340 others justify their hypocrisy. A coal fire couldn't give these folk a red face.
Little wonder people believe our leaders are concerned only with outdoing one another with bribes for our 2014 and 2015 votes.
What millions want right now, today, is a way out of their intimidating day-to-day life.
Intimidation? What's the bedroom tax, or having to choose between heating or eating, or relying on food banks?
Intimidating? The young are out of work in record numbers and seniors have seen their savings and pensions eroded.
We're told the economy is on the up, the country is on the mend, so why are we not celebrating?
The Office for National Statistics can tell you why. According to them, UK household income is in freefall and is no higher now than it was 10 years ago.
Where once folk could afford life's little luxuries, like bread and milk, now most of our hard-earned goes on the essentials -housing, energy bills, transport.
The World Health Organisation can tell you why we shouldn't be celebrating. They say Britain faces a public health "time bomb", with obesity, female life expectancy and child mortality rates among the worst in Europe.
AND as if today's youngsters are not finding it hard enough, their wee brothers and sisters won't be celebrating, either.
Standards of literacy and numeracy among UK school-leavers are among the lowest in the developed world, according to an international survey by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
We're looking at the first time in recorded history that people retiring from the workforce are better educated than those joining it.
Meantime, Len McCluskey finds Alex Salmond's arguments for separation "seductive" and hints he would vote yes if he lived in Scotland.
If that's not an intimidating threat to the Yes campaign, I don't know what is.
A UK government department commissioned a "rapid evaluation" report on the rise of food banks and soup kitchens. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) submitted it to No10 in June. We've heard nothing since.
The Westminster scuttlebutt says the report is so bad, showing a 100% increase in a year, that the government would prefer to keep it quiet. Wouldn't they just.