SNP ministers are blocking witnesses and withholding legal advice. Can the opposition capitalise?
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Also: true scale of the Irish Protocol’s impact on commerce, and Stormont’s ‘rank incompetence’, show how Ulster unionism needs a refresh.
Finding a new Chief of Staff is only the start of the changes that Johnson needs to make his government work.
Henry Hill: The public want UK-wide rules for Christmas, but we’re a long way from a ‘Four Nations’ approach
The different administrations are all in different places with increasing bad blood between them. Also, devosceptics look set to win seats in Wales.
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.
Matt Smith: An unenforceable travel ban. No NHS transmission data. 30,000 lost jobs. But where is the media scrutiny of Labour in Wales?
Welsh ministers get soft-soaped while UK Government ministers face the full rigors of the national media
‘We need to talk about the Union’: An inside look at the new group of Conservative MPs fighting for Britain
The 70-strong Conservative Union Research Group wants to support the Government’s mission to strengthen the United Kingdom.
Iain Dale: The number of people who tell me that they would ignore the rules of any new national lockdown is troubling
Plus: Macron has closed Paris at night. Merkel is pondering tougher restrictions. So don’t blame Johnson as though our situation were unique.
Also: the SNP paradox. Sturgeon gets sucked deeper into the Salmond scandal as independence soars in the polls.
She again urges Margaret Ferrier to resign as an MP after travelling to London from Scotland despite having Covid-19.
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.
Growing anti-lockdown sentiment among northern Labour mayors and councils offer him new opportunities – and dangers.
Like the May Government, an electoral coalition built around an existential question is propping up a badly ailing political vehicle.
Iain Dale: We all want our city and town centres to return to normal. But that isn’t possible at present, so we must get used to it.
Plus: Johnson’s future. When I went to a party with a shotgun and live cartridges. And: am I Diane Abbott’s maternal grandmother?
With a second lockdown looming, Sturgeon appears keen on a harmonised approach. This is welcome, but ministers should not drop their guard.