There was something suspicious in the timing of a pro-Nationalist newspaper’s report on Sunday detailing online abuse against the First Minister.
Who is advising Nicola Sturgeon on when (there is no longer an if) to call a second independence referendum? She apparently relies on a very tight inner circle that includes her husband, Peter Murrell, who is also the SNP’s chief executive.
The word ‘nationalism’ has clear connotations wherever it is associated with political movements, across the world and across the ages.
The SNP government has at last caved in to pressure from the Scottish business community over extortionate rate increases but only after mounting criticism within its own ranks.
When Scotland’s lone Tory MP said the UK government was not afraid of holding a second independence referendum, it was easy for the Nationalists to mock.
After all the tricky customers the Prime Minister has had to endure recently, the Scottish First Minister must have seemed a minor distraction.
The veteran White House press corps appeared bemused rather than shocked as Sean Spicer, in his first encounter with the media, gave them “alternative facts” about the Donald Trump inauguration.
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.
Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May have more in common than they think. Both women have risen to the top in a man’s world and must therefore possess impressive leadership skills.
Standards in Scotland’s health service have been allowed to slip further in 2016 while the SNP government has been distracted by the constitution.