The Scottish Conservatives claim that £1.5 million of public money has been spent trying to build the SNP’s case for independence.
Salmond bowed out after taking his shot at separation in 2014; his successor may feel that she can’t step down without doing the same.
With a referendum taken decisively off the table, there is now space to really take the fight to the SNP on their domestic record.
The fourth of a series of five articles on ConservativeHome this week about the main challenges that await the new Prime Minister.
With fresh agitation from Nicola Sturgeon for a second independence referendum and Sinn Fein winning the most seats at the last Stormont elections, the future of our Union is under constant threat.
“David was not cold and uncaring. He cared more, loved more, than any politician I have ever known, but critically, like his religious faith, he rarely showed it.”
The contrast between those blithe campaigns and this appalling landscape is unnerving, and raises profound questions about politicians and truth.
Also: watch as those who studiously ignored Trimble over the Protocol neuter his memory to canonise him in death.
Didn’t he forsee the marginalisation of his party that would follow the Agreement? And anticipate his own fall from office and power as well as his rise to both? The answers are veiled in mystery because so are his motivations.
Both candidates have committed to seeing the Bill through Parliament. But will they both use the new powers it will grant?
On Scottish independence and the Northern Ireland Protocol, constitutional questions will be front and centre in the leadership contest.
I have tabled an amendment to place a “parliamentary lock” on the Bill, requiring the Government to obtain a specific vote in favour of bringing its provisions into force.
The First Minister hides behind the Supreme Court to avoid an unofficial referendum, but then plans to use an election as a ‘proxy’.
Also: on the centenary of his assassination, Unionist MP and war hero gunned down by IRA gets memorial in Parlaiment.
In what universe is “the peril which has emerged” not inherent to the structure of the deal he struck?