Of all the dubious causes raising hackles over the hot Easter holiday, perhaps the climate protesters, mainly in London but also popping up in Edinburgh, were the least obviously obnoxious.
There has been much condemnation of the vile language used by a hardline Brexiteer against Theresa May, which brought divisions over Europe to a new low. An unnamed (at the time of writing) former Tory minister was quoted in the Sunday Times as saying: “The moment is coming when the knife gets heated, stuck in her front and twisted. She’ll be dead soon.”
Nicola Sturgeon is right to say there has been “a palpable change in political debate” since her party’s Growth Commission report was published over a week ago.
Theresa May is in Scotland today, a whistlestop on her nationwide campaign to try to sell her Brexit deal directly to ordinary voters.
The only clear conclusion to be drawn from the European election results is that the country is now divided along new lines.
Not many people want to meet Donald Trump when he visits the UK in July. In fact, protesters are expected to line his path and politicians are queuing up to avoid him.
Jenny Hjul: Privileged law students subsidising poorer counterparts will not help level the playing field
The suggestion by a Dundee law lecturer that middle class students should subsidise poorer youngsters is no doubt well intentioned, but it completely fails to address the problem of widening university access.
The parliaments north and south of the border may still be enjoying their lengthy summer recesses but there has been no shortage of politics over the holidays, and politicians of all parties will now be girding themselves for the bruising conference season.
The government’s potential humiliation over primary one tests is just the latest setback for the SNP in its dismal handling of education over the past decade.