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Any sense that Scotland is being denied the right to self-determination by English Tories will alienate voters.
The shift in favour of the Scottish Yes side is now the most prolonged in polling history.
Nicola Sturgeon may have to separate the issue of EU membership from independence.
The government’s difficulties reflect Scottish perceptions of its record and its agenda, not the terms of divorce after independence.
The left-winger has dismally failed to improve his party’s performance. But its problems go much deeper.
The world-class Logan review on tech should be at the heart of manifestos for next year’s Scottish election.
In the absence of a strong opposition, there are precious few means of holding Nicola Sturgeon’s government to account.
Should the SNP win an overall majority at next year’s Scottish election it will have an unarguable mandate for a second independence referendum.
The party has successfully made itself the symbolic expression of almost all of Scotland’s overlapping memories, experiences and anxieties.
With no actual data, the government fell foul of the “garbage in, garbage out” problem.
For the sake of her government’s credibility, Sturgeon must remove John Swinney as Scottish Education Secretary.