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.
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With Holyrood elections probably a year away now, Conservatives north of the border need to be prepared for when the campaign starts.
It may prove easier to maintain coordination when imposing the rules than easing them, especially if regional variegation is called for.
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.
It is past time that Westminster overcame its queasiness about pressing the devolved administrations on their dire performance.
Henry Hill: GERS Day – Scottish Government’s own statistics punch fresh hole in the case for independence
“When otherwise sensible folk, holding down serious jobs, devise and propagate all manner of conspiracy theories, as well as insult Scottish Government analysts…”
Also: Labour’s civil war on Scottish independence deepens; Scottish Government pays Salmond half a million pounds in damages; and more.
Also: Labour hint at laws compelling private businesses to deal in Welsh; SNP divided over ‘soft indy’ call; and DUP hold their line on the backstop.
But there are dangers that a future push for fiscal responsibility could be mischaracterised as ‘Conservative cuts’.
Also: SNP insist on leading Holyrood inquiry into Sturgeon’s handling of Salmond allegations; and Ulster Unionists call for Direct Rule in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
With Westminster, Holyrood, and City Hall all setting overlapping rules, confusion and expense are sure to follow.
Also: Jones accused of ‘pre-judging’ allegations against former minister as inquiry continues; and May clashes with Sturgeon over independence.
Falling standards, the cutting of college places, and the capping of courses available to Scots at Scottish universities are the direct consequence of their policy.
Also: Government accused of ‘appeasing the IRA’ over Ulster veterans; Welsh Labour leadership hopefuls in data row; and DUP urge end to Stormont boycott.