When British politics wasn’t dominated by its lunatic fringes, as it is now, sturdy stalwarts of the mainstream, like Gordon Brown, were rarely accorded due respect.
Lord Ashcroft’s latest poll showing a majority of Scots are in favour of independence may be the first such result of its kind in more than two years.
Barring a miracle, Boris Johnson will move into Downing Street next week, replacing Theresa May as prime minister, and uniting his opponents (inside and outside his party) in outrage.
One thing the many contenders for the Tory leadership contest had in common was a determination to rule out a second independence referendum in Scotland.
On a recent trip to Sutherland I was struck (not literally, thank goodness) by two things – motorbikes and motorhomes.
As the battle for the Tory leadership is now a two-horse race, it should be easier for Conservatives to back their man (no women are left in the contest).
The rise and rise of Nigel Farage continues, with talk this week of a pact between his Brexit Party and the Tories to wrench Britain out of Europe by the end of October.
The lack of a credible opposition may give the government in Westminster a better chance of survival than it deserves, whenever it decides to go for another election.
Theresa May shed tears when she was forced by her party to resign, but as she stands down as Tory leader on Friday, she will have plenty to cheer her up.
The only clear conclusion to be drawn from the European election results is that the country is now divided along new lines.