In his New Year message Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said 2020 would usher in a “new chapter” in the country’s history.
The people I know who marched through London on Saturday demanding a second referendum on Brexit all had a good day out.
In all the political drama of the past 48 hours, in Strasbourg and in London, the sideshow of the SNP’s Westminster rump has not merited much attention.
It is a good thing that the attention of the rest of the UK and Europe is diverted away from Scotland at the moment. Anyone with any pride in the country wouldn’t want our neighbours to be scrutinising us too carefully right now.
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.
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.
Driving through central Edinburgh over the weekend I noticed in the distance a small crowd waving banners. As this is August, I assumed it was a mass participation Fringe event, but then, closer up, deduced from the type of noise they were making that it was a demonstration.
This election campaign is turning out to be a long one for the Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson.
Anyone who didn’t think Boris Johnson would quickly become a liability in Downing Street must now be wondering how they could have been so naïve.
It has been an emotional rollercoaster since the Sussexes announced their separation from the House of Windsor almost a week ago.