A day after Nicola Sturgeon led the first stage debate on the referendum bill with little more than one year to the big vote.
Of course the two are linked and the biggest row from the budget is at the heart of it.
The Finance Secretary announced £20million to help tenants who have had their benefit cut by the 'bedroom tax'.
This cash is for now, this financial year, but there will be nothing in the actual budget which is for next year.
Well of course there wasn't.
If Mr Swinney was to find the £50m Labour says is needed to help all tenants affected and ensure housing associations don't lose out from rising arrears, he would be throwing away one of the biggest sticks the SNP has to beat Westminster with.
If the Tories can throw welfare cuts at Scotland and Holyrood just mops it up with cash from the budget, what is the urgency for independence.
No. Westminster has to be the baddest of bad guys next year.
Mr Swinney said: "I'm not letting Westminster off the hook."
The language might not be the most advisable and not what we have come to expect from John Swinney, but why should Scotland cut cash from other services to plug another gap caused by Westminster cuts.
Eventually you could spend half the budget doing that.
It is another example of the blame triangle involving Labour, SNP and the Tories.
The SNP blames the Tories for implementing the policy, Labour blames the SNP for not doing enough to protect Scots and the SNP also blames Labour for being in the Better Together campaign with the Tories and round and round we go.
If the impact of the bedroom tax could be nullified for £50m a year and there was political gain to be had in doing so, then the Scottish Government might look closer at doing it.
Had there not been the referendum to consider, then in the course of a normal electoral cycle it may be more appealing tactically. As it stands just now, welfare reform is the big issue that can be laid squarely at the doors of Downing Street.
The usual considerations, whether at Westminster or Holyrood is only as far ahead as the next election.
In the next year, right up until polling day you can bet that every decision taken by either the SNP or Labour, will firstly be considered in the terms of what impact will this have on the campaign.
If a week is is a long time in politics, how long is a year?