The beleaguered health service in Tayside is never out of the news these days. On Monday, another crisis loomed, with the revelation that growing numbers of clinical staff were seeking early retirement.
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.