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.
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.
What is a fair and realistic salary?
The Labour MP and No campaigner Jim Murphy is back on his soap box or rather Irn-Bru crates and continuing his tour of 100 Scottish towns in 100 days. He was due to make appearances in Edinburgh and Musselburgh yesterday and hoping to receive a more cordial welcome than that given to him in Courier country last week.
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.
There is a group of voters in Scotland quite a big group who must feel they are living on another planet. This lot have been largely sidelined by the main political players here, and only emerged from the shadows during the referendum campaign, many at the eleventh hour when they feared Armageddon.
My youngest daughter called me from her school in Manchester to say she was rooting for Italy in their match against England. Why not England, I asked. Silly, she said, Scots don’t support the English football team.
Nicola Sturgeon has always been an ambitious politician and her accession to the highest office in Scottish politics in a few days’ time should bring her deep satisfaction.
A funny thing happened during the referendum campaign well, lots of funny things happened. But there was one particularly remarkable experience, at least for a certain section of the electorate.
One of the main claims of the SNP, and the Yes movement in general, was that it would use Scotland’s wealth to make the country a fairer society. Well, the good news for all those who support such a goal and who wouldn’t? is that the nationalist government at Holyrood can still fulfil this ambition, despite losing the independence argument.