Landlords who are unable to raise rents enough to cover their expenses quit the rental market. In under a year, the number of new lets in Scotland dropped by over 25 per cent. The ones that have remained on the market have become increasingly unaffordable.
On the first afternoon the Government lacked an orator who could make Conservatives feel good about being Conservative.
The Speaker and the leader of the Scots Nats both rebuked Sunak for giving irrelevant and frivolous non-answers.
The Government plans to scrap the legal requirement for people to self-isolate if they have the virus; a move that has huge implications.
Backing traditional industries is very far from the electoral liability that strategists fear.
It should seize the initiative and challenge the right of the party to speak for all Scots.
Furthermore, by allowing the Queen to do this, the Government has dragged the monarch into the political murk.
She says it would be “absurd and completely outrageous” if it challenged the Scottish parliament in court over legislation on another referendum.
For many, Brexit is a powerful justification for a new independence referendum. But this, too, works both ways.
“None of us know right now where the next variant that might be really problematic is going to occur.”
For this year’s Senedd elections, vote for a Welsh Government that will work with the UK Government, not against it.
Plus: Have you got your popcorn ready for Salmond’s appearance before a committee of the Scottish Parliament this lunchtime?
And this power struggle carries with it serious threats to free speech and democratic accountability.
Plus: Sturgeon is ridiculous to criticise the PM’s trip to Scotland. And: Now’s not the time for a Coronavirus inquiry.