There is something very wrong when a political party can get hours of TV coverage to say nothing but scientists warning us of catastrophic climate change get a minute on the news bulletin.
The unhappiness of young girls is a tragedy and a crisis. We have created a social structure which is unduly tough on adolescents, for no obvious purpose. The young were once under pressure to find work, marry or help the family – as these old economic forces die away, so Scotland should reinvent childhood.
What did illuminated manuscripts ever do for Dundee? This question arises on looking at a colourful medieval book on show at the city’s new V&A, Scotland’s first design museum.
American politics has given us many things. The first opinion polls, the observation that “all politics is local” and the remark “politics is showbusiness for ugly people”. It also gave a name to politics which was so pleasing it was hard to object to: motherhood and apple pie.
The accusations against Alex Salmond will not only damage him, but also his successor. As events turn in their favour, the Nats are at risk of imploding.
This week a Downing Street Communications thumb tweeted a poll showing that while 1.9 million voters had converted from Brexit to Remain, 2.4 million had gone the other way. Robbie Gibb added that talk of a second vote did not help negotiations with Brussels.
George Orwell analysed Scot/Jew jokes.
A car pulls up the drive of Chequers. Theresa hears the gravel crunch.
ALEX BELL: As one of the SNP’s three Ss, John Swinney has become untouchable despite education failures
John Swinney cannot be sacked, no matter how bad our schools become. That is the message from the Scottish Government’s abject failure on education.
Drug policy is a verb which declines like this – I’m just having fun, you should just say no – but we all want to just get off our faces. It is individual sanctimony versus the human urge to get out of it.