Wherever your sympathies lie in the Nicola Sturgeon versus Alex Salmond saga, with her, with him or with neither, there is no escaping the fact that the scandal engulfing the SNP has rocked their independence cause.
In the 1970s it was not unusual for those living in some of Tayside’s coastal communities to see a marksman splayed on the beach, taking aim at the seals in the estuary. Shooting these predators was crucial to protecting the salmon netting industry and, perhaps because the sector gave employment to local people, there was little, if any, outcry over the cull.
Nicola Sturgeon didn’t need a warm-up act before her big speech yesterday afternoon.
The presumption that Scots are more tolerant than their nearest neighbours was given credence in the EU referendum, when a clear majority here voted to remain in Europe.
Scotland is said to have a complicated relationship with alcohol – a euphemistic way of saying we drink more than is good for us.
Nicola Sturgeon has been in London this week trying to change the course of Brexit. That’s her explanation anyway.
Given the choice, would Europeans prefer to live in Scotland or England? Judging by the respective immigration statistics of the two nations, the answer is pretty clear.
The decision by Nicola Sturgeon to hand responsibility for Scottish education from Angela Constance to John Swinney was the single most significant move in her cabinet reshuffle.
Does Gordon Brown do it deliberately? Wait until a campaign is dying on its feet and then emerge from the shadows where he has been lurking, make a few barnstorming speeches and claim a stunning victory.
Jacob Rees-Mogg attacked the “nanny knows best” approach of big state politics as he set out his small state agenda in a national newspaper column this week.