Even before Theresa May’s announcement of a general election in June, Scotland had been on something of a war footing, with local elections on May 4.
Leaders of nations and governments, small and large, relish any opportunity to perform on the global stage.
Dundee has hit the national headlines after one of its residents incurred what is believed to be the UK’s biggest ever parking fine.
Given the choice, would Europeans prefer to live in Scotland or England? Judging by the respective immigration statistics of the two nations, the answer is pretty clear.
Who is advising Nicola Sturgeon on when (there is no longer an if) to call a second independence referendum? She apparently relies on a very tight inner circle that includes her husband, Peter Murrell, who is also the SNP’s chief executive.
The word ‘nationalism’ has clear connotations wherever it is associated with political movements, across the world and across the ages.
The SNP government has at last caved in to pressure from the Scottish business community over extortionate rate increases but only after mounting criticism within its own ranks.
After all the tricky customers the Prime Minister has had to endure recently, the Scottish First Minister must have seemed a minor distraction.
The veteran White House press corps appeared bemused rather than shocked as Sean Spicer, in his first encounter with the media, gave them “alternative facts” about the Donald Trump inauguration.
Europe, and Britain’s place in it, might have propelled Theresa May to the top job in British politics but it has also given her a permanent headache since she entered Number 10. This week the pain must have intensified somewhat.