News that the Scottish government could withhold money from QEII has been exaggerated, but there is a political point to the SNP defining itself against the monarchy.
On 7 May, the SNP will have the opportunity to inflict lasting damage on Scottish Labour.
The election debate is being defined by the claim and counter-claim of two nationalisms – one Scottish and out, and one British and in denial.
The swing in Labour’s heartlands is even greater than the swing implied by national polls.
Labour's best hope of turning the SNP tide is to focus on the Conservatives.
A mere change at the top of the Scottish Labour party, or a fall in oil prices, won't change hearts or minds.
A more social democratic Britain can be achieved, and Scottish Labour's recovery set in train, if a deal is done between Labour and the SNP.
The latest polls show that nothing is changing in Scotland, and why would they?
The UK's ancient constitution must be reformed to spread power more evenly.