With Brexit negotiations on a knife edge it seems irrelevant to bring up the subject of Scottish independence – again. But the link between leaving Europe and leaving the UK is made ad nauseam by the nationalists, so link them we must.
Inside the SNP bubble this week the focus has been on the party itself yet again but in the world beyond the conference hall patience with Scotland’s ruling party is wearing thin.
The most fevered speculation at the Conservative conference was whether Theresa May would sack Boris Johnson, her loose cannon of a foreign minister.
On the evidence of his political career to date, Scottish Labour leadership contender Anas Sarwar is probably not the saviour his party is seeking.
This week marks the third anniversary of the Scottish independence referendum and, on the surface at least, the country still bears the scars of that divisive campaign.
When Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie suggested Scotland’s chaotic police force should look south of the border to draft in help, it sounded like a good idea.
It’s hard to decide what is more worrying in Professor Lindsay Paterson’s critique of the Scottish Government’s education policy.
If an English inquisitor had suggested to Nicola Sturgeon her party’s name had negative and ugly connotations, I wonder how she would have reacted. Based on past form, she perhaps would have blamed London, or possibly Westminster, for the way the word nationalism is perceived.
Jacob Rees-Mogg attacked the “nanny knows best” approach of big state politics as he set out his small state agenda in a national newspaper column this week.
The latest news of an NHS staffing crisis and the suspension or closure of services and wards, revealed on Monday, is almost too familiar to cause much of a political stir.