The world’s view of Britain is shaped as much by cultural and sporting events as by politics and international conflict, according to Neil MacGregor, who has made a programme, As Others See Us, currently being aired on Radio Four.
There may be a few days left of 2018, but I think it’s safe to say the big triumph this year is that we’ve got through it without an election.
The latest act of self-indulgence by what will go down in history as the most self-indulgent of all parliaments came on Monday evening, when Jeremy Corbyn decided, after much dithering, to call a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister.
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.
Theresa May is in Scotland today, a whistlestop on her nationwide campaign to try to sell her Brexit deal directly to ordinary voters.
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.