When John Swinney first proposed his changes to stamp duty, home owners at the higher end of the market knew they were about to be clobbered.
There have been many demands for an end to the climate of intimidation that pervades Scottish politics under the Nationalists – but they don’t usually come from within the party.
JENNY HJUL: Ignore Tony Blair and listen to Vince Cable — Brexit chaos has made Scottish independence less likely
Where has Tony Blair been for the past two or three years? Clearly not in Scotland because he doesn’t have a clue what people here are thinking.
Conservative threats to kick out Michael Heseltine for backing the Liberal Democrats show how perilously close the party is to self-destruction.
JENNY HJUL: We live in times when people are allowed to select their gender but not their point of view
When does an apparently persecuted minority become a persecutor? Is it when its cause is appropriated by those with their own political agenda?
Thank heavens for rookie politicians! Mhairi Black, the SNP’s youngest MP, has inadvertently given two wonderful insights into her party, nuggets that shine a light on the past and present Nationalist leaders.
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.
Inside the SNP bubble this week the focus has been on the party itself yet again but in the world beyond the conference hall patience with Scotland’s ruling party is wearing thin.
Supporters of Boris Johnson believe his latest ploy to propel himself on to the front pages has revived his Tory leadership chances and given him another possible crack at Number 10.
Ever since Sir Iain McMillan retired as head of the Confederation of British Industry in Scotland, the voice of the wealth-creating sector has been oddly silent.