Last week was a significant one for Scotland. Thursday 24 March was the prospective date for Scottish independence, if the 2014 referendum had gone the other way; the Scotland Act became law, devolving additional powers to Holyrood; and the annual Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) report was published by the Scottish Government.
With the fall in oil price and ensuing collapse in North Sea oil revenues, Scotland's deficit has drastically worsened. The deficit of the UK as a whole is 4.9% of GDP; that of Scotland is 9.7%. This would have presented a serious problem for the government of a newly independent Scotland.
The elders of the Republican party are presented with an interesting choice. It's now all but inevitable Trump will go into the convention with a big lead in delegates, if not an outright majority. They can use backroom shenanigans to exclude Trump, within the letter of the party rules; or make their peace with his nomination.
I've tried to compose posts on the US elections, but it's hard to know where to begin. We are witnessing a grandiose collision of money, power and spectacle that only the United States of America could achieve.
"What's happened to the American Dream?" "It came true. You're lookin' at it!"
Acts of Cowardice: The SNP and GMOs. Criticising the SNP's extraordinary decision to enact a blanket ban on GM organisms in Scotland, which it openly admits was done for public relations and marketing, not science.
Magic Sugar Pills: On our leaders' embrace of homeopathy; and how it makes Jeremy Corbyn not only a bad leader, but a bad socialist.
Farewell to Belle: In January we reluctantly had to rehome our cat Belle, who had been stressed and unhappy since the arrival of our baby son and our older cat Dexter's passing away. She has now been adopted, and we wish her all the best.