The departure of Britain’s social mobility commissioner may not be a cause for national regret but the failure of his commission’s goal should be.
Dundee’s disappointment in having its City of Culture hopes dashed will have been mirrored by four other UK cities, also in the running for the 2023 Europe-wide accolade.
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.
With all the backstabbing at Westminster – not just now but forever (see Gordon Brown’s memoir) – we should be heartened when a couple get back together again.
The sex pest scandal that is engulfing Westminster has so far terminated the political careers of several Tories, including one cabinet minister and a chief whip, and a clutch of Labour MPs, and yesterday, tragically, it was connected to the death of the Welsh MP Carl Sargeant.
Scotland’s renowned universities have had to jealousy guard their independence under the SNP, which though surely proud of such national institutions does not quite get their relatively autonomous – in educational terms – status.
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.
The most fevered speculation at the Conservative conference was whether Theresa May would sack Boris Johnson, her loose cannon of a foreign minister.