There has not been much good news on the education front in Scotland recently, as even John Swinney, the beleaguered minister responsible, might agree.
It might not be the supermarket of choice in Scotland, where there are only seven branches, mostly in the Central Belt, but over-priced, middle-class Waitrose has a loyal, if small, clientele here.
Monday’s Budget gave Scotland’s government little to go on in terms of blaming Westminster for its own shortcomings.
There has been much condemnation of the vile language used by a hardline Brexiteer against Theresa May, which brought divisions over Europe to a new low. An unnamed (at the time of writing) former Tory minister was quoted in the Sunday Times as saying: “The moment is coming when the knife gets heated, stuck in her front and twisted. She’ll be dead soon.”
As Theresa May enters the ring again today with her EU adversaries – for that is what they have become – we can make several assertions.
Nicola Sturgeon didn’t need a warm-up act before her big speech yesterday afternoon.
Unless you were one of the 50,000 people the SNP claims to have spoken to over the weekend you may be unaware there was a nationalist ‘Day of Action’ across the country.
Even to non Brexiteers, the campaign for a People’s Vote on Europe insults all normal concepts of democracy. For what did we have back in June 2016 but a vote by the people?
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.