All of a sudden, the debate around Scotland’s future has gained the kind of substance that many have been yearning for.
With the CBI having already warned of the risks to industry of Britain no longer being at the heart of the European Union, a further uncomfortable truth surrounding the Conservative Party’s increasingly isolationist rhetoric is now becoming apparent.
Two of Scotland’s biggest political beasts will be pitched against each other later today in the debate over the country’s future.
Polling published today by Ipsos Mori for The Times suggests that the SNP’s independence headache continues as support for Scotland staying in the UK has increased to its highest level since August 2011.
Scotland’s council tax freeze is harming local public services and benefiting the wealthy the most, undermining the Scottish government’s assertion that the policy is a “vital lifeline to hard pressed Scots”.
Attempting to put in place an economic system without a fully-functioning central bank or convincing currency arrangements to underpin it, or without the knowledge of whether such a system would be compatible with admission to the EU or not, is like a ship setting sail for voyage without the security of its sheet anchor.
Alex Salmond and the wider SNP Leadership are coming under fire for failing to provide a radical, positive enough vision for an independent Scotland.
As political leaders in Scotland once again meet today to discuss how to take forward the need for a reformed system of press regulation post-Leveson, a committee of MSPs has called for Scotland to opt into the UK wide Royal Charter proposal rather than going its own way.
Rail fares and ticketing are unnecessarily expensive and complicated – it’s a mess that successive governments have ducked responsibility for sorting out. The Scottish government has now taken action, cutting fares and pledging to remove pricing anomalies. But will the same deal be extended to train users south of the border?