She has made a point of being ahead of Westminster when it comes to imposing new restrictions. But this only works if the measures are popular.
Like the May Government, an electoral coalition built around an existential question is propping up a badly ailing political vehicle.
He has a good eye for political openings, and Labour’s woes might have created a space for an avowedly left-wing, pro-UK figure.
But with the Scottish Government’s ratings apparently impervious to its record, the real question is whether these damning figures will make any difference.
Also: Welsh Government back SNP in fight over post-EU powers; SNP loyalist appointed to head ‘independent’ inquiry as party muzzles MSPs; and more.
Also: Johnson makes ‘plea for the Union’ as he orders ministers to make more visits to Scotland and prevent the SNP taking credit for UK Government policies.
Also: Scottish Government faces furious backlash over exam results ‘fiasco’ as Salmond and Sturgeon head for a showdown.
He did not create the problems which bedevil the Party, and his departure alone will not resolve them.
Also: Galloway shakes up Holyrood battle with new unionist alliance; DUP wracked by major rebellion over Stormont reform; and more.
The May Government set a time-bomb under the Union when it agreed to the mass devolution of ex-EU powers. Ministers must think again.
For all that Downing Street sources dismissed Douglas Ross as ‘Mr Nobody’, the Prime Minister has decided to replace him with two people.
With Holyrood elections probably a year away now, Conservatives north of the border need to be prepared for when the campaign starts.
Also: Carlaw and Johnson meet to discuss tweaks to the points-based immigration system; the SNP make trouble over the Irish Protocol; and more.
Holyrood already has the powers we need, but the SNP will always put the pursuit of independence first.
Also: Will Lyra McKee’s murder in Londonderry be enough to re-start the political process in Northern Ireland? It doesn’t seem likely.