Derek Mackay, the SNP’s finance minister, thinks if he keeps blaming Scotland’s problems on Brexit they will go away. As he prepares to deliver his budget in the Scottish parliament today, he will be hoping the chaos over Europe will serve as a distraction from his own predicament.
The contest to be the next deputy leader of the SNP may be in its early days, with the result not due to be announced until the party’s conference in June, but already it is turning out to be more interesting than it looks on paper.
Driving through central Edinburgh over the weekend I noticed in the distance a small crowd waving banners. As this is August, I assumed it was a mass participation Fringe event, but then, closer up, deduced from the type of noise they were making that it was a demonstration.
Supporters of Boris Johnson believe his latest ploy to propel himself on to the front pages has revived his Tory leadership chances and given him another possible crack at Number 10.
Ever since Sir Iain McMillan retired as head of the Confederation of British Industry in Scotland, the voice of the wealth-creating sector has been oddly silent.
Monday’s Budget gave Scotland’s government little to go on in terms of blaming Westminster for its own shortcomings.
Who would argue against slowing down traffic around schools or in the narrow streets of small towns and villages?
It is obvious that David Lidington, who replaced Damian Green as Theresa May’s deputy, is new to the job.
As the Scottish Labour Party heads to Dundee on Friday for its spring conference, the focus is likely to be on the spat between the current and former leaders over Brexit.
There has not been much good news on the education front in Scotland recently, as even John Swinney, the beleaguered minister responsible, might agree.