When my sister-in-law stood in the recent local elections in England, I cheered her on. And when she won a seat on her parish council, we cracked open the Champagne.
In all the political drama of the past 48 hours, in Strasbourg and in London, the sideshow of the SNP’s Westminster rump has not merited much attention.
The people I know who marched through London on Saturday demanding a second referendum on Brexit all had a good day out.
The world’s view of Britain is shaped as much by cultural and sporting events as by politics and international conflict, according to Neil MacGregor, who has made a programme, As Others See Us, currently being aired on Radio Four.
JENNY HJUL: Would-be speaker Pete Wishart’s judgment on Scottish indepedence must be worth something
When Pete Wishart announced last week that he was hankering after the speaker’s job, if John Bercow ever quits, he was mocked and mostly by his own side.
Conservative threats to kick out Michael Heseltine for backing the Liberal Democrats show how perilously close the party is to self-destruction.
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.
JENNY HJUL: May’s talks with Sturgeon an exercise in futility – she must realise the nationalists are a lost cause
Nicola Sturgeon is in London again today, this time not just for the photo opportunities – although she is certain to grab those, too – but to discuss Brexit with the Prime Minister.
The word of the night in the Commons on Monday was compromise, which is ironic since that was the element missing from the latest attempt to break parliamentary deadlock over Brexit.
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.