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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Holiday travel is rarely uneventful, particularly if flights are involved, but this year we thought we’d cracked it, with a strategy to circumvent the most likely mishaps.
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.
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.