Scotland and Wales have both declined to adopt the Government’s new ‘Stay Alert’ formulation, raising the prospect of a rift in approach.
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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.
The biggest bone of contention is that parks are closed in Newport – despite the advice in England that they should stay open.
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: Gove warns the Electoral Commission not to ‘waste time’ on SNP demands; Scottish Nationalists showing the strain as problems mount; and more.
At one point he even started firing questions back at me from the stage, putting paid to the moderators’ hopes of continuing the Q&A.
WATCH: “I don’t intend to get into a position of criticising the UK government over this” – Sturgeon on COVID-19
The First Minister emphasises that the devolved administrations are working with the Government and there is no disagreement on strategy.
We can’t continue to favour projects such as Crossrail over developing infrastructure in other parts of the country which generate much greater relative returns.
Its proponents are making the same arguments as the advocates of devolution in the 1990s. And we know what happened there.
The Chancellor could please every beer & cider drinker; charity donor; motorhome manufacturer, retailer and owner; caravan site owner, and public toilet user in Britain.
Under my leadership, we will stand firm against further constitutional division – and set out a positive agenda for Scotland powering ahead into the 2020s.