When Theresa May begins her meetings with EU negotiators in Austria today she will be aware that these crucial talks are the easiest part of the Brexit process.
This is not the best time for the Scottish nationalists to raise the issue of independence, as the more sensible among them would probably admit.
Driving through central Edinburgh over the weekend I noticed in the distance a small crowd waving banners. As this is August, I assumed it was a mass participation Fringe event, but then, closer up, deduced from the type of noise they were making that it was a demonstration.
Supporters of Boris Johnson believe his latest ploy to propel himself on to the front pages has revived his Tory leadership chances and given him another possible crack at Number 10.
The new Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has promised to put hate crime at the top of his agenda, in the wake of an attack on a Catholic priest during an Orange march in Glasgow.
The presumption that Scots are more tolerant than their nearest neighbours was given credence in the EU referendum, when a clear majority here voted to remain in Europe.
David Miliband’s re-entry into British politics this week could be viewed as a selfless, principled stand against a disastrous hard Brexit. Or, if speculation that he plans to launch a new centrist party is correct, his return from the wilderness (if you can call New York a wilderness) could be seen as a cynical lunge for power.
Who would argue against slowing down traffic around schools or in the narrow streets of small towns and villages?
JENNY HJUL: Nicola Sturgeon is putting her friendship with hapless Shona Robison before the needs of NHS patients and staff
The beleaguered health service in Tayside is never out of the news these days. On Monday, another crisis loomed, with the revelation that growing numbers of clinical staff were seeking early retirement.
Schools in East Renfrewshire recently made the headlines when their council decided to spend a quarter of a million pounds on virtual reality headsets for every classroom.