They don’t talk about politics in daily life; don’t write to local or national newspapers; most importantly, they’re not politically active online.
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.
Also: Scottish Government faces furious backlash over exam results ‘fiasco’ as Salmond and Sturgeon head for a showdown.
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.
His “Goldilocks Politics” of “too much/too little, too fast/too slow” throughout the pandemic is unlikely to win over voters.
Also: Galloway shakes up Holyrood battle with new unionist alliance; DUP wracked by major rebellion over Stormont reform; and more.
That Johnson’s recent visit was reported as though he were a Governor-General of Imperial India touring the North-West frontier is a bad sign.
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.
Also: Johnson in Scotland to fight back against the SNP; Tory backbenchers set up new unionist research caucus; and more devolved woe in Ulster.
If the UK government is to succeed in stamping its mark through direct investment, it will need to channel the zeal usually reserved for an underdog.
The May Government set a time-bomb under the Union when it agreed to the mass devolution of ex-EU powers. Ministers must think again.
For the Party to take it off him is one thing; for the Government to recast the committee, or try to, would be quite another.
Marr challenges the First Minister over the SNP’s record on care home deaths, but she denies that there was “some particular problem” in Scotland.