It worked so well the last ten times, after all. Also: Reckless defects to Abolish as controversy over Drakeford’s lockdown – and who’s paying – deepens.
Red, White and Blue
Also: the SNP paradox. Sturgeon gets sucked deeper into the Salmond scandal as independence soars in the polls.
She has made a point of being ahead of Westminster when it comes to imposing new restrictions. But this only works if the measures are popular.
Like the May Government, an electoral coalition built around an existential question is propping up a badly ailing political vehicle.
With a second lockdown looming, Sturgeon appears keen on a harmonised approach. This is welcome, but ministers should not drop their guard.
Henry Hill: It is past time the Government worked out a British interpretation of the Belfast Agreement
Both the Prime Minister and his predecessor have failed to challenge the green-tinted vision of the treaty offered up by Dublin and its outriders.
Also: Defence of Westminster’s national role sparks devocrat fury; Salmond inquiry puts Sturgeon’s husband in the spotlight; and more.
Henry Hill: After decades on the defensive, Westminster is finally gearing up to counter-attack the SNP
The Nationalists’ campaign has been so successful that leading pro-UK campaigners shy away from saying ‘Britain’. That isn’t sustainable.
But with the Scottish Government’s ratings apparently impervious to its record, the real question is whether these damning figures will make any difference.
Also: Welsh Government back SNP in fight over post-EU powers; SNP loyalist appointed to head ‘independent’ inquiry as party muzzles MSPs; and more.
Also: Johnson makes ‘plea for the Union’ as he orders ministers to make more visits to Scotland and prevent the SNP taking credit for UK Government policies.
Also: Scottish Government faces furious backlash over exam results ‘fiasco’ as Salmond and Sturgeon head for a showdown.
Henry Hill: If Gove and Johnson want to save Britain, they’re going to have to use the word ‘Britain’
Also: Galloway shakes up Holyrood battle with new unionist alliance; DUP wracked by major rebellion over Stormont reform; and more.
Henry Hill: Davies touts ‘devolution revolution’ as the Welsh Tories try to shield their unionist flank
Also: Johnson in Scotland to fight back against the SNP; Tory backbenchers set up new unionist research caucus; and more devolved woe in Ulster.
Henry Hill: Reserving control of ‘level playing field’ provisions to Westminster should be just the first step
The May Government set a time-bomb under the Union when it agreed to the mass devolution of ex-EU powers. Ministers must think again.