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.
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.
When John Swinney first proposed his changes to stamp duty, home owners at the higher end of the market knew they were about to be clobbered.
If any other politician had announced they were taking part in a reality television show just as their party’s new leader was due to be unveiled, you might accuse them of being a spoilsport, at best.
Thank heavens for rookie politicians! Mhairi Black, the SNP’s youngest MP, has inadvertently given two wonderful insights into her party, nuggets that shine a light on the past and present Nationalist leaders.
The recruitment problem in Scottish schools reached crisis proportions last year, with tales of desperate heads in Perth and Edinburgh begging parents to teach maths classes.
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.
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.
Dundee’s disappointment in having its City of Culture hopes dashed will have been mirrored by four other UK cities, also in the running for the 2023 Europe-wide accolade.
With all the backstabbing at Westminster – not just now but forever (see Gordon Brown’s memoir) – we should be heartened when a couple get back together again.