Minister who has let down patients must go

One in two of us will get cancer. It doesn’t bear thinking about but we cannot avoid it because it is a fact happening all around us — happening to us.  We have another reminder of this grim reality in the revelation that two-thirds are waiting longer than they should for bowel cancer tests. According to…

Spitting lentils, even Patrick Harvie turned on Sturgeon

The First Minister was reeling. Under a raging barrage of questions, she ducked, twisted and side-stepped with all the grace of a gazelle at a beginners’ jazzercise class. Try as she might to placate her interrogator, Sturgeon spun herself into a tizz and collapsed into her seat defeated. Dearie me, that Ruth Davidson can be…

Sturgeon under siege

Decider or Separatist Spoiler? Social Media Chauvinist or Reluctant Reformer? In this essay for the Scottish Daily Mail, Stephen Daisley explores the tribes that make up Scotland’s New Establishment — and why they could spell doom for Nicola Sturgeon’s political future.  ***** This is how it ends, not with a bang but a bust-up. Angry and…

The SNP’s Voldemort… She Who Must Not Be Questioned

How to describe Nicola Sturgeon’s performance at First Minister’s Questions? Dismal? Too generous. Hopeless? Closer. Dunderheided? Yes… that’s about right. (Besides, using a Scots word probably entitles us to a grant now.) The First Minister dundered and blundered and chuntered her way through 45 minutes of the greatest hits of SNP failure. Education, health and…

Fast food and hard drugs… it’s all in a week’s work for MSPs

Richard Leonard had another good week. Embarrassed Nicola Sturgeon on childcare. Even quoted one of her old speeches back at her. He’s getting good at this.  But you don’t want to hear about that, not when there’s fast food and hard drugs on offer. Scholarly Tory MSP Adam Tomkins enquired: ‘What is the First Minister’s…

Money for nothing

It’s a radical idea with supporters on the Left and Right: Pay every citizen a basic income regardless of their earnings. As the SNP rolls out a pilot scheme, could this be the way to defeat the poverty trap – or just a ruinously expensive utopian fantasy? — Why has Finland taken £6,000 away from…

DI Davidson was pressing charges over force cuts

The debating chamber was a-bustle all around her but to Nicola Sturgeon it felt like an interrogation room. One of those pokey, smoke-fugged jobs, lit only by a bare bulb swinging from the Artex. Something straight out of The Sweeney. Ruth Davidson turned up for First Minister’s Questions doing her best impression of a no-nonsense…