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Violent crime has surged in Scotland but more than half of those responsible are avoiding prison sentences, according to official figures published yesterday that prompted claims the SNP are letting them “off the hook.”…

Scotland’s education system is the weakest performing in the UK, according to a detailed prosperity index published to be published today.

The Alba Party released its first party political advertisement this week. And it was as enjoyable as you would have expected. For in it Alex Salmond’s new party showed its desire to go forward into the 21st century by going back to the 14th. The whole advert focused on Robert the Bruce. Indeed, to a background of pipe-music and soaring images of the Scottish mountain-scape, it pretended that the broadcast was actually delivered by Robert the Bruce, who has been summoned back from the dead to do voice-over work….

Just when we thought the situation in Scotland could not be any more toxic, we are confronted by Alex Salmond’s re-entry into politics with the inflammatory announcement that ‘peaceful street protests’ will form part of the strategy of the new nationalist front that has, in effect, been formed by the emergence of his new party, Alba, to fight alongside the SNP,

It is sometimes necessary to take a step back and remind oneself what we’re currently witnessing in Scotland. With an election only weeks away we have a situation where the main issue in our politics is not the economy, or education or even health, although we’re still in the throes of A killer pandemic; neither is the threat of another independence referendum….

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