Chris Deerin is the New Statesman's contributing editor (Scotland).
Giving new parents a box of goodies is a rather romantic gesture.
It would be nice to think that we will spend the autumn debating Scotland’s struggling schools and the economy.
Each new crisis casts fresh doubt on the wisdom of the decision to set up a unitary force in the first place.
There are signs of life, but also recriminations.
Before the Scottish parliament returns from recess in September, the First Minister should take independence off the table – for now.
A new report praises the country's health service, but politicans still need to ask the tough questions.
Election campaigners report that the doorstep feedback suggests the First Minister is now seen as aloof, with little interest in the average voter’s concerns.
The First Minister is facing pressure to talk less about independence - and bring on new talent in her party.
“She is philosophically a Tory version of Tony Blair,” says one ally.
Nicola Sturgeon has four years to save her neck.