The remarkable recovery of Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey from the deadly Ebola virus has occasioned much joy, not just among her family and friends but also in the medical community and the wider public.
Did Sir Peter Housden, Scotland’s most senior civil servant, use his legendary blog to inform staff of his decision to stand down? The top mandarin, who last week announced his planned departure, quickly made a name for himself when he became the Scottish Government’s permanent secretary five years ago.
One of the biggest disappointments of devolution is the failure of successive Scottish governments to improve education standards.
Rural communities tend to have complicated relationships with their bird populations, cherishing certain species (pheasants, partridges, grouse) while cursing others (buzzards, geese).
The SNP’s decision to block failed diplomat Craig Murray’s bid to be an MP was a wise one. What is troubling for the party, though, is that such a loose cannon ever made it as far as the short list.
It has been said that the least appealing job in British politics at present is leadership of the Scottish Labour Party but there is something worse: deputy leadership.
The campaign to keep Alex Salmond out of the House of Commons began on Saturday when he announced, not unexpectedly, that he would contest the seat of Gordon in the May 2015 general election.
On a train trip south over the weekend I noticed a new road sign on the M8 (during that part of the rail journey that, inconveniently, involved a coach). The sign warned motorists of the reduction in the drink-driving limit, due to come into effect in Scotland on December 5, that is, on Friday.
Scotland’s new First Minister has been much lauded over the past few days for being the only woman ever to hold her job, for appointing a gender-balanced cabinet, for whipping up the massed ranks of her supporters into a frenzy at a rock concert-style gathering in Glasgow. A newspaper launched to promote Scottish nationalism hails “a bright, brand new Scotland”, as if there had been a revolution or, at the very least, a change of government.
A voice of reason has crept into Scottish politics over the past couple of weeks, reminding us that we have more pressing problems than our constitutional future.