Brexit, as far as most Leave voters were led to believe, was both a trivially uncomplicated and a richly rewarding matter. All gain and no effort. People have been falling for that brand of snake oil since the capacity of complex communication made possible the big lie.
When I argued for a Remain vote in the 2016 EU referendum the main reason I gave was the fact that leaving the EU would provide the British political elite with an opportunity to redefine the UK and the constitutional status of the troublesome peripheral nations.
The thing the British establishment feared most; the thing they'd been assured would not follow from devolution, was happening. The SNP was in power. What was worse, they were doing a good job.
2020 will be a decisive year for Scotland's cause. By this time in 2020 Scotland will either be set fair on a course to becoming an independent nation again, or it will lie smashed and stranded on the reefs of unscrupulous, unprincipled, unconscionable British power.
It seems odd to say this after the half-arsed slapstick of the UK Government's handling of the Brexit process, but I have a fairly good idea of how Scotland will be dragged out of the EU with the rest of the UK at the end of January. I have absolutely no idea how Alyn Smith proposes to prevent this. He says it cannot happen. But gives no clue as to what might stop it happening.
While there has been no mention of a "UK-wide common framework" for health services we would anticipate that any proposals of this nature would be kept under very tight wraps.
What Nicola Sturgeon doesn't seem to be aware of is that British Labour is no more likely to accede to her demand for a Section 30 order than it is to revoke Article 50 or dismantle the British state's nuclear deterrent. All of these belong on the same list as Nigel Farage's image appearing on a commemorative €100 note - the list of things that just aren't going to happen.
There is no way a fully worked-out trade deal can be completed in the time available. Not even if the UK administration was remotely competent. The evidence of Brexit tells us they are anything but that. Johnson is depending on the EU going along with his little ploy just for the sake of not stirring up a crisis.
What happens if somebody asks what message is being sent to Boris Johnson? Or why there might be any point in sending him any message at all?
Although she has yet to be formally crowned by the British media, Swinson is the de facto 'Queen of the BritNats' and, as such, she must be as fervently opposed to a new independence referendum as her lately de-pedestalled predecessor.