And this power struggle carries with it serious threats to free speech and democratic accountability.
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He attacked the SNP for wanting the poor, hard-pressed taxpayer “to pay for more and more and more”.
As the SNP chief executive faces the threat of a perjury investigation, the Salmond fiasco goes from bad to worse
Meanwhile the Nationalists’ civil war deepens again as witnesses clash over whether the former First Minister was ‘physically aggressive’.
There has been a power grab by the Scottish Government. Decisions made by councillors have been overturned.
Henry Hill: As the Scottish Government digs in, calls grow for a judge-led inquiry into the Salmond scandal
Also: Downing Street shakes up the Union Unit as it goes on the attack over the SNP’s botched handling of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout.
Sturgeon’s position in the party remains dominant, but she needs to assert that dominance in a way she didn’t before.
The Union needs a cultural case to walk in step with the material one – Project Love, not Project Fear. Which means looking to the future.
Also: Gove should beware Brown’s constitutional anti-wisdom; Davies makes way for Davies; and MSPs compel evidence over Salmond row.
“When I get the opportunity… I can set out these things fully.”
Advocates of every hoary old reform would immediately set to work arguing that the Union could be saved by their One Weird Trick.
The former Glasgow MP is now, astonishingly, Governor of Punjab, while his son is getting ready to attempt the revival Scottish Labour.
Some fear this is part of deeper struggle within the party as a prominent pro-devolution MS is deselected by local activists.
The party needs to reach parts of the pro-UK electorate that the Tories cannot. Under Leonard, it has signally failed to do so.
Also: Johnson and Gove set to meet to plot their pro-Union strategy as a Tory MSP defends to Nigel Farage’s new party.
Douglas Ross: No more excuses. No more evasion. Sturgeon’s position is untenable if Salmond is telling the truth.
Just a few months ahead of the Scottish Parliament Election, voters deserve to know the truth of whether they can trust the First Minister’s word.