It isn’t often these days you hear someone singing the praises of Alex Salmond, even within his own party. Since the former first minister lost the independence referendum and resigned as leader of the SNP, the Nationalist story has all been about his successor.
When Harry Potter author JK Rowling expresses an opinion on anything it makes headline news, so it was inevitable that an innocent comment she made about the SNP would become a story in itself.
One of the key claims of the SNP towards the end of the referendum campaign last year was that it alone could safeguard the NHS in Scotland.
Who can we blame for Scotland’s poor performance in education, and in particular, the ever-widening gulf between the best and the worst schools? The minister responsible, Angela Constance, has only been in her job for six months, so obviously it has nothing to do with her.
The announcement by Scottish Secretary David Mundell that full fiscal autonomy would not be granted to Scotland was greeted with relief by Unionists and, although they would never admit it, probably by leading Nationalists too.
If you are known as Scotland’s Bra Queen, it’s probably quite hard to keep a low profile. All the same, Ultimo boss Michelle Mone does seem to have a knack for self-publicity that ensures she is rarely out of the news.
If Scotland were a one-party state, as some Nationalists clearly believe it to be, the rubbish being uttered about Alistair Carmichael would go unchallenged.
For those of us in Scotland about 50% who did not vote for the SNP, the election result was as grim as it could be.
Nicola Sturgeon’s warning last week that Scotland’s voice “would be heard at Westminster more loudly than it’s ever been heard before” has understandably sent shivers down English spines.
Andy Murray has made it through to the second round at Wimbledon, despite hiring a female coach.