ROYAL Bank of Scotland's hopes of paying bonuses twice the size of salaries have been scuppered by the Government.
By a neat coincidence, one of the year's less heralded anniversaries falls in October, just four weeks after Scotland's referendum.
UNEMPLOYMENT looks set to fall this year as figures suggest firms across Scotland are planning a recruitment surge.
CONSERVATIVE and Liberal Democrat headquarters will be keenly watching out for the latest wage figures today to see whether or not pay is now outstripping inflation, which has fallen for the sixth consecutive month to 1.6%.
The UK is about to enter a period of acute political uncertainty, after several generations of relative stability.