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.
There have been many demands for an end to the climate of intimidation that pervades Scottish politics under the Nationalists – but they don’t usually come from within the party.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s hard to decide what is more worrying in Professor Lindsay Paterson’s critique of the Scottish Government’s education policy.
Nicola Sturgeon has been forced to apologise at least twice in the past week over her handling of the NHS in Scotland.
The role of head teacher demands certain skills, one would assume, with leadership perhaps being the most important.
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.