He's already started, and he's already finished.
Is it realistic to expect those selling alcohol to demonstrate how they will reduce its consumption?
George Osborne's pledge to cut an additional £12bn from the benefits bill, repeated at the recent budget, has always been strangely thin on detail.
WE ALWAYS hesitate to say we told you so, but sometimes it's unavoidable.
WE ARE becoming accustomed in Scotland to the idea that the SNP are scaring the establishment at Westminster like barbarians at the gate.
IN some ways, the Burrell Collection - serenely housed in the heart of Pollock Country Park - can be considered Scotland's forgotten treasure.
As with most things in local politics, it comes down to money.
To meet demand, the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service must find 5,000 donors each week.
THAT it's a case of hard times for the poor in today's Scotland is not surprising in itself, but the latest snapshot of our nation is doubly shocking.
WHEN a recent poll suggested that Scots attitudes to immigration were not so very different from those South of the Border there was unalloyed glee on the Right of the political spectrum.
IMMEDIATELY before the kick-off at tonight's friendly international versus Northern Ireland at Hampden Park, there will be a minute's applause in memory of one of the nation's most renowned footballing sons, the Heart of Midlothian and Tottenham Hotspur stalwart Dave Mackay.
The announcement that Longannet power station in Fife will close next year is not a complete shock (the plant had been expected to shut by 2020 at the latest) but it does raise several questions for the future.
An absence of satisfactory answers in an official parliamentary report might be taken to be a flaw.
Almost four million acres has been designated as wild land, to inform planning policy.
The Scottish Government was quick to respond to today's report by the Commons Public Administration Select Committee on civil service impartiality during the referendum campaign, claiming that the report vindicated its objections to the UK Government's publication of a senior civil servant's warning against currency union.
The news may dismay those dreaming of one day escaping the city to embrace the rural idyll: it turns out lots of people are already doing it.