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.
Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t emerge well from the book about him by Tom Bower, but this author’s previous subjects – or should that be targets – have, arguably, fared worse.
There seem to be two parallel universes in Scotland at present – one inhabited by Nicola Sturgeon and her party faithful in the SNP and the other by rational beings.
The breakaway faction of the Labour Party could be the prelude to a realignment in British politics, or it could be a flash in the pan.
As parliament was about to be prorogued on Monday night, it was ironically a Scottish Nationalist MP who voiced outrage, on behalf of opposition party leaders, at the threat to British democracy.
Does Theresa May know something the rest of us don’t? Her breezy confidence that she has a chance of winning the Commons vote on her Brexit deal next Tuesday doesn’t seem to be grounded in reality.
It is easy to like the current Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney. The urbane Canadian was a voice of Transatlantic calm when he was appointed in 2013, after the storm of the credit crunch.
The word ‘nationalism’ has clear connotations wherever it is associated with political movements, across the world and across the ages.
This is not the best time for the Scottish nationalists to raise the issue of independence, as the more sensible among them would probably admit.
When my sister-in-law stood in the recent local elections in England, I cheered her on. And when she won a seat on her parish council, we cracked open the Champagne.