After all the tricky customers the Prime Minister has had to endure recently, the Scottish First Minister must have seemed a minor distraction.
This week marks the third anniversary of the Scottish independence referendum and, on the surface at least, the country still bears the scars of that divisive campaign.
It doesn’t look good for a political leader if their own future becomes the story during an election campaign.
JENNY HJUL: Thankfully Boris Johnson behaved with greater humility than fist-pumping Nicola Sturgeon
Imagine if it had been Boris Johnson, not Nicola Sturgeon, fist pumping gleefully over the defeat of a big scalp opponent on election night.
Nigel Farage’s U-turn on Monday, in which he agreed to stand down hundreds of his Brexit Party candidates in Conservative seats, will be seen by Scottish Nationalists as a boost to their campaign.
If an English inquisitor had suggested to Nicola Sturgeon her party’s name had negative and ugly connotations, I wonder how she would have reacted. Based on past form, she perhaps would have blamed London, or possibly Westminster, for the way the word nationalism is perceived.
The recruitment problem in Scottish schools reached crisis proportions last year, with tales of desperate heads in Perth and Edinburgh begging parents to teach maths classes.
Even before Theresa May’s announcement of a general election in June, Scotland had been on something of a war footing, with local elections on May 4.
With all the backstabbing at Westminster – not just now but forever (see Gordon Brown’s memoir) – we should be heartened when a couple get back together again.
The new Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has promised to put hate crime at the top of his agenda, in the wake of an attack on a Catholic priest during an Orange march in Glasgow.