The Scottish leader has always tried to temper expectations about the country’s fight with Covid. This could pay off in an independence referendum.
In 2014 the rules were almost designed to maximise the independence vote. This time London must take the question much more seriously.
He is right to suspect value placed on the Union by some senior figures in this government. The Prime Minister must lead by example.
He has a good eye for political openings, and Labour’s woes might have created a space for an avowedly left-wing, pro-UK figure.
The Nationalists’ campaign has been so successful that leading pro-UK campaigners shy away from saying ‘Britain’. That isn’t sustainable.
Throwing money around will not help. A natonal effort is needed to show that the UK is a force for good in a troubled world.
It is remarkable that even after SNP MPs admitted that they needed to stop us leaving to salvage their project, this self-serving myth endures.
With Holyrood elections probably a year away now, Conservatives north of the border need to be prepared for when the campaign starts.
The former First Minister is a diminished figure, but could still be a potent leader of the Nationalists’ fundamentalist wing.
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He will be the Prime Minister who will either lose Scotland, or kill nationalism. There is no longer any in-between option.
“If Boris Johnson thinks saying no is the end of the matter then he is going to find himself completely and utterly wrong.”
“In this General Election we have just seen what happens when politicians try to overturn a referendum result.”