JIM Murphy is nothing if not energetic.
When the Scottish Government backed plans for a single police force, sound arguments were made that the then Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill was pushing through a dangerous policy.
SPOT the villain: Google, Starbucks, Vodafone, Amazon, alcoholics, drug addicts, fat people.
LIKE all truces, the agreement brokered in Minsk will only be seen as successful if the fighting actually stops today, if opposing forces are withdrawn and if there is a genuine commitment to a long-term political solution.
SAY what you like about him, you can always rely on Jim Murphy to give good nonsense.
The First Minister's intervention last week on stop and search, which forced Police Scotland to review its flagship crime policy, was welcome but long overdue.
SCOTLAND'S human rights record is good by international standards, but a black spot is threatening to tarnish the country's reputation.
Labour's new leader in Scotland, Jim Murphy, has done much to command the headlines recently with his interventions on fracking, top rate tax and rail nationalisation.
THERE has always been a touch of cognitive dissonance, when climate chaos is threatening, over the opening up of new fossil fuel frontiers.
THE Coalition command paper Scotland in the United Kingdom, which was published last week to deliver the pre-referendum vow on greater devolution, had a nicely ironic subtitle.
BARELY a week goes by in politics without someone testily demanding an official inquiry into this or that passing hiccup, requests that can be fairly tossed aside by Government ministers.
NOT in our name.
THE Westminster debate on the Lords organised by SNP MP Pete Wishart this week is a chance for some blunt talking about the second chamber.
THE death of Mario Cuomo, the former Democratic Governor of New York, at the age of 82 on New Year's Day, produced a slew of warm obituaries for the ever-quotable liberal politician.
AT this point last year, it all seemed so simple.
IT was a chance to prove he really did mean what he said.
THE rising number of Scots being forced to turn to foodbanks in order to be able to eat has provoked widespread anger.
As the new leader of Scottish Labour, Jim Murphy faces a difficult job.
AS he faced the media after his Commission's report was published on Thursday, Lord Smith of Kelvin wisely downplayed his own role, and left it to the politicians to explain the content.
Nicola Sturgeon has been sweeping the country like the winner of an election rather than the loser of the referendum.
Two women made two very different statements this week that speak volumes about the gulf in society that the Westminster coalition government's austerity policies have created.
CONFERENCE speeches are not always the best places to go hunting for political substance.
LAST week, good news was announced on Scotland's jobs front:
RARELY can a vote for the status quo have caused as much upheaval as the referendum.
THERE is no denying that Jim Murphy is slick.
The advice to Yes supporters being doled out by those who supported the Union case during the referendum has been consistent for weeks now:
WHO would be Lord Smith of Kelvin this weekend?
The referendum was a Pyrrhic victory for Scottish Labour.
If there is one unarguable fact that emerges from the independence referendum result it is that Scotland did not vote for the status quo.
Two RAF Tornado fighter planes flew into Iraqi airspace yesterday, taking Britain into combat operations as part of the US-led campaign of airstrikes.