When John Swinney first proposed his changes to stamp duty, home owners at the higher end of the market knew they were about to be clobbered.
Nicola Sturgeon will have been pleased, on the whole, with the headlines that greeted her decision to ban the smacking of children in Scotland. While her government presides over a crisis in primary health care and plummeting education standards, the debate about physical punishment provides a handy distraction.
With Brexit negotiations on a knife edge it seems irrelevant to bring up the subject of Scottish independence – again. But the link between leaving Europe and leaving the UK is made ad nauseam by the nationalists, so link them we must.
Inside the SNP bubble this week the focus has been on the party itself yet again but in the world beyond the conference hall patience with Scotland’s ruling party is wearing thin.
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.
It’s hard to decide what is more worrying in Professor Lindsay Paterson’s critique of the Scottish Government’s education policy.
Nicola Sturgeon has been forced to apologise at least twice in the past week over her handling of the NHS in Scotland.
The role of head teacher demands certain skills, one would assume, with leadership perhaps being the most important.
If any other politician had announced they were taking part in a reality television show just as their party’s new leader was due to be unveiled, you might accuse them of being a spoilsport, at best.
The most fevered speculation at the Conservative conference was whether Theresa May would sack Boris Johnson, her loose cannon of a foreign minister.