In Scotland they start at zero. So Level 5 is actually Level 4. Then the Scottish Government decided to change the numbers to letters.
Also: true scale of the Irish Protocol’s impact on commerce, and Stormont’s ‘rank incompetence’, show how Ulster unionism needs a refresh.
The different administrations are all in different places with increasing bad blood between them. Also, devosceptics look set to win seats in Wales.
Also: the SNP paradox. Sturgeon gets sucked deeper into the Salmond scandal as independence soars in the polls.
Like the May Government, an electoral coalition built around an existential question is propping up a badly ailing political vehicle.
He has seen the SNP hold out for a week before swallowing teachers’ impossibly rosy predicted grades in full – and clearly thinks he can do better.
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.
Criminal behaviour under the new law would be based on offence caused, rather than intended – a significant difference to England and Wales.
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.
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.
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.
“When otherwise sensible folk, holding down serious jobs, devise and propagate all manner of conspiracy theories, as well as insult Scottish Government analysts…”