The Scottish Government's decision to drop its plans to build a new women's prison is a welcome and thoughtful move and a rare example of government listening to public concern and accepting that a U-turn was needed.
Mental health services have always been hard to see and therefore easier to cut.
The decision by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) to drop Russian as a Higher is part of a worrying long-term decline in the teaching of languages in Scottish schools.
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are seen as key drivers for Scotland's future.
The history of attempts to reform the House of Lords has been a sorry one, amounting to more than a century of failure.
SIMPLY rebranding NHS reform from a 2020 vision to a 2030 programme doesn't just miss the knowing reference to eyesight, it looks a bit like punting a difficult problem away for another decade.
THE phrase "community policing" is about to take on a whole new meaning.
If the customer is always right, the "Big Six" energy suppliers ought to be in deep trouble.
Sir John Chilcot's inquiry into the Iraq war heard from its last witness in 2011.
LIGHTS, camera, action ...
AT first glance, the statistic that only 27.2 per cent of police constables who applied for a sergeant position in the latest available figures were women is an arresting number, taking into account they represent 31.1 per cent of the pool.
IT SEEMS to be a sad truism of public policy and politics that strong calls in opposition for more freedom of information will equate to a more reluctant response in government.
Perhaps it was always too much to expect the extraordinarily passionate and energised grassroots engagement seen during the referendum campaign to last forever.