Derek Mackay, the SNP’s finance minister, thinks if he keeps blaming Scotland’s problems on Brexit they will go away. As he prepares to deliver his budget in the Scottish parliament today, he will be hoping the chaos over Europe will serve as a distraction from his own predicament.
Does Theresa May know something the rest of us don’t? Her breezy confidence that she has a chance of winning the Commons vote on her Brexit deal next Tuesday doesn’t seem to be grounded in reality.
Nicola Sturgeon has been in London this week trying to change the course of Brexit. That’s her explanation anyway.
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.
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.
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.
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.