By deflecting attention from their own record, the row is a huge gift for the SNP – and the stakes are much higher than the 2021 elections.
Red, White and Blue
Also: Welsh Government abandons separate testing app to join UK-run scheme; Gove tries to downplay the Irish Sea border.
Also: Kawczynski clashes with colleagues over the future of Welsh devolution; Government capitulates on an Irish Sea border; and more.
In order to maintain a UK-wide approach, the infrastructure for a ‘test, trace, and track’ strategy has to be in place across the board at the same time.
It may prove easier to maintain coordination when imposing the rules than easing them, especially if regional variegation is called for.
Also: Supermarkets reject Drakeford’s bid to shift blame for deliveries fiasco; Welsh health minister faces calls to resign; and more.
Also: Welsh Labour demand less alignment with London on coronavirus policy; and Sinn Fein isolated in objecting to Army support in Northern Ireland.
Henry Hill: Labour’s new leader sets the party against Scottish independence… but toward federalist folly
By taking refuge once again in his party’s only idea, Starmer puts himself behind even Gordon Brown in his constitutional thinking.
Also: Opposition parties force the SNP to abandon a bid to suspend trial by jury; and more good reading on the fallout from Alex Salmond’s acquittal.
Also: Salmond gathers his forces and his allies call for inquiries and resignations as the SNP civil war gathers momentum.
Also: schools and businesses shut down across the nation; DUP slammed in ‘cash-for-ash’ report; and Salmond’s trial continues.
Also: Gove warns the Electoral Commission not to ‘waste time’ on SNP demands; Scottish Nationalists showing the strain as problems mount; and more.
Also: Carlaw and Johnson meet to discuss tweaks to the points-based immigration system; the SNP make trouble over the Irish Protocol; and more.
Also: Government adopts mutually-exclusive positions on the Irish Protocol; Carlaw squares up to Johnson on immigration; and more.
Also: Plaid fined almost £30,000 for misreporting donations worth half a million pounds; Labour hopefuls sing from devolution’s tattered hymnal; and more.