Billy Connolly has still got it.
Who can blame him?
There has been disquiet for months now about the impact of the council tax freeze on local services, particularly social work services for vulnerable people.
A LOT of self-righteous hot air has been produced by last week's events in Ukraine, an unstable country whose political life has been unduly affected by recent violence.
The nuclear industry in general, and Dounreay in particular, has a long history of deception.
lAST week was a disturbing one for those who believed that Scotland, 15 years after the creation of the Scottish Parliament, had become a fairer society.
There is a school of thought that falling crime levels must be down to massaging of the figures, or some other statistical sleight of hand.
The five years of sustained low interest rates have been good for some.
Shortly after becoming Prime Minister in 2010, David Cameron came north to meet the First Minister and called for a new relationship between the London and Edinburgh parliaments.
The heat is on.
It is 10 years since the overhauled GP contract was introduced, removing a duty to provide out-of-hours care from GPs and, in its wake, the working life of family doctors improved.
Having only two women leading regional college boards in Scotland, out of 12, is a matter of concern not just for women in further education but for anyone who considers that those in positions of power in the public sector should reflect the population they serve.
An action plan to encourage young people to try out their business ideas in seven towns across the UK, including Kirkintilloch, is not instantly going to solve the problems of the high street, but, to borrow the catchphrase of one of the supermarkets that some blame for putting pressure on town centres, every little helps.
For children with additional support needs, being treated with understanding, kindness and positivity at school can alter the course of their lives.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the poorest members of society, who have suffered the most as a result of the recession, are not the priority for the Conservatives at Westminster.
To the layman, they will look like ordinary saplings but the Serbian spruce trees that are to be planted in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh tomorrow are a little bit special.