Scotland’s new First Minister has been much lauded over the past few days for being the only woman ever to hold her job, for appointing a gender-balanced cabinet, for whipping up the massed ranks of her supporters into a frenzy at a rock concert-style gathering in Glasgow. A newspaper launched to promote Scottish nationalism hails “a bright, brand new Scotland”, as if there had been a revolution or, at the very least, a change of government.
The Labour candidate for Dundee East who tried and failed to reject a £1,000 donation from Tony Blair at least succeeded in getting her name in the papers.
A couple of people I know put their homes up for sale towards the end of last year and have been living in rented accommodation for the past few months. They were, no doubt, aware of the imminent change to stamp duty and decided to wait before plunging back into the market.
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.
The Hull to Zeebrugge ferry carries all sorts on board families from the Midlands, cyclists from Humberside, local school parties and Hell’s Angels chapters from the north of England and Wales.
There was one headline last week that had little to do with this election but should give every voter in Scotland pause for thought as they head to the polling booths on Thursday.
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.
When I was at school, touring theatre troupes staged proper plays. Hours sitting cross-legged on a parquet floor as over-eager thespians threw themselves into Romeo and Juliet might have been wasted on the under-11s in the audience and could have put us off Shakespeare for good but at least it was art and even education.
David Cameron was in Paris at the beginning of the week to talk to Francois Hollande, the French president, about how to deal with Isil terrorists. On his return to Britain, the Prime Minister outlined defence measures to beef up this country’s response to attacks.
Scotland has a quango called Transport Scotland that, among other things, looks after our trunk roads. It also has BEAR Scotland, which is in charge of the road network.