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The first minister will fight the 2021 Scottish election as a national leader of real distinction, empathy and competence.
The former First Minister’s rage and clear thirst for revenge will not be deflected.
As our basic and shared humanity becomes ever clearer, even arguments about Scottish independence have been put to one side.
These are the questions on austerity, policy changes, devolution and Brexit that should underpin our domestic political coverage of the crisis.
Tensions within the party over its future leadership and direction are at their worst for decades.
For the majority of Scottish nationalists, independence is a goal that overrides all failures.
The departure of the Scottish finance minister over text messages to a 16-year-old boy leaves the party firefighting on too many fronts.
Nicola Sturgeon must focus on governing and show that “patience and respect” are more than just words.
Increasing support for an illegal wildcat referendum is undermining the party’s attempt to win over unionist voters.
As well as forging a new unionist narrative, the government is expected to spend lavishly in Scotland.
Labour’s problem over recent decades is that it has largely been dragged to a position of constitutional reform more by a fear of nationalism than coherent advocacy of reform.