Theresa May has survived weekend rumours she was about to face a stalking horse leadership challenge and remains, at least at the time of writing, Britain’s prime minister.
The sight of Ruth Davidson sitting in on Theresa May’s first post-election Cabinet on Monday seemed entirely in keeping with the Scottish Tory leader’s exalted new status as saviour of the Conservatives.
The narrowing of the gap between Theresa May’s Conservatives and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party – if opinion polls are to be trusted – has thrown the SNP into even greater confusion.
In her search for someone to salvage her electoral hopes, Nicola Sturgeon has rather bizarrely alighted on Jeremy Corbyn.
The Nationalists took their campaign to Hamilton on Monday, with Nicola Sturgeon leading the baby cuddling photo opportunities. Nothing unusual about that, you may think – there is a general election in three weeks.
There is something in the demeanour of Scotland’s two main political leaders, following last week’s local council elections, that gives the game away, regardless of their respective spin machines.
While the focus north and south of the border is on the general election, voters could do a little to change their lives by choosing the most competent councillors in tomorrow’s local ballots.
Ian Duncan, the newly-selected Conservative candidate for Perth and North Perthshire, is fortunately a seasoned campaigner.
Even before Theresa May’s announcement of a general election in June, Scotland had been on something of a war footing, with local elections on May 4.
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