Chris Deerin is the New Statesman's contributing editor (Scotland).
The nationalists’ “band of brothers and sisters” attitude has allowed them to endure the strains of office as their rivals have divided.
If Theresa May truly cares about the Union, she must allow a Scottish voice to be heard.
Independence may not yet have majority support, but for many unaligned voters it is far from the unthinkable prospect it once was.
The party should look to the Enlightenment for inspiration - too much of its time is spent tutting at Westminster.
Greater divergence between England and Scotland on tax risks reducing revenue for the SNP government.
For all Ruth Davidson’s charm and energy, the party lacks a distinctively progressive policy agenda.
The display of English arrogance and contempt over Brexit is laying waste to traditional ties.
Though some Nats are straining at the leash, the SNP leader is pursuing her goal with patience.
Opponents talk of a govenment beginning to fray round the edges, while internally criticism is surfacing.
The Scottish Tory leader’s frank and moving confession of self-harm and depression shows her determination to “be the change”.