One rogue poll based arguably only on the perceived dislike of Boris Johnson and the SNP bandwagon for independence goes up a gear (“Poll shows ‘yes’ support highest for a year as confidence in PM hits new low”, The Herald, December 2). Meantime in the real world the problems pile up for Nicola Sturgeon and the voters are watching (“Hospital probe families in demand for resignations”, The Herald, December 2). Nicola Sturgeon is caught between a rock and a hard place and how she handles this is critical. The SNP was always a party of protest and dissent. Now it is experiencing the real dilemmas such behaviour creates for those in authority. Indyref2 is still in the melting pot and the manifold crises in the NHS are not going away, to say nothing of all the other pressing problems in her in-tray. Ms Sturgeon has ridden her luck for many years now. Is it about to run out? Dr Gerald Edwards, Glasgow.