The Scottish Labour Party is engaged in its favourite pursuit: personal infighting. Better together? Speaking together would be a start. As so often at key moments in modern Scottish history, what we hear from Labour is muffled yells from within the organisation as factions fight it out on North/South lines, or on east/west, or right/left lines – any lines you care to mention.
The formidable Nicola Sturgeon is to become the leading edge of the Yes campaign in a surprise reshuffle that dramatically ups the stakes in the independence referendum. While David Cameron has been shuffling to the right with his new Westminster Cabinet, Alex Salmond has gone the other way and placed Scotland's leading nationalist left-winger in the front line in the battle over Scotland's destiny. Here is the message loud and clear, in case you hadn't got it yet: "Vote Yes to keep Tory hands off Scotland".