Letters to the press, 20/05/22: When former principal teacher of social subjects Jenny Gilruth became transport minister in January she said it was an opportunity to “help Scotland become a world leader in achieving our goal to become net-zero by 2045″. I’m not sure if she was meaning carbon emissions or ScotRail journeys.”

Ferguson Marine ferry scandal shows why Scotland needs to beware the dead hand of economic populism – The Scotsman

Letters to the press, 17/05/22: “The Scottish Government urgently needs to change its direction. The fact is that the political parties supporting the Union received far more votes than the independence supporting ones in the recent election. This was true also in 2014, with a huge turnout and in reality, this has not changed ever since”

Rubbish Party slams SNP’s record on tackling littering ‘blight’ which makes Scotland look ‘backward’ – Daily Express

Meet the Scots playing a key role in London’s revolutionary new Elizabeth line underground railway – The Scotsman

Letters to the press, 13/05/22: SNP Westminster leader is an ‘English’ rose. Nicola would be better going on a ferry than going to the US. 800 extra GPs…in five years.

Letters to the press, 10/05/22: “Nicola Sturgeon urged voters to “Send Boris a message” and opinion polls forecast a 44% vote share. In fact, the SNP got 34%. Only 641,000 – one in seven – of Scotland’s 4.3m voters voted SNP. Scotland’s “message to Boris” is: Scexit has been eclipsed by Covid, economic crisis and war, and dogged by SNP incompetence, scandals and cover-ups. It is running out of steam and into the buffers of voter anger and apathy”

Less than a third want independence referendum next year, poll suggests – The Scotsman

Scotland’s Census 2022: Even King Herod could run a census. Why can’t the SNP? – The Scotsman