BUSINESS for Scotland, famously accused in these columns of being “vituperative” in its abuse of CBI Scotland, has had the last laugh in the case of the “well-known unionist blogger and social media troll” Kevin Hague. It was Hague who reported the organisation to the Electoral Commission on the grounds that by appearing to take direction from the SNP chief executive (and Nicola Sturgeon’s nearest and dearest) Peter Murrell, the organisation was in breach of rules about “working together” during the referendum.

But the EC seems to have given the accusation extremely short shrift, dismissing the accusation on the grounds that it had “no information or evidence” of collusion. BfS, somewhat on the back foot on the grounds that former boss Michelle Thomson’s much-vaunted business experience turned out to be nothing to boast about, has justifiably allowed itself to crow over the humiliation of its arch-enemy Hague, and also threatened to pursue “all the editors of the newspapers that ran this inaccurate story without seeking a quote from BfS and demand a right to reply.” Will the forensic Hague come back for more? Watch this space.

POLITICIANS boast of abstract economic successes but if you are looking for tangible improvements in Scottish economic life, look no further than the expansion of Edinburgh Airport, and the superb connectivity provided by the still-rising star of international carriers,Turkish Airlines.

The multi-award winning airline threw a bit of a party in Edinburgh to celebrate its success, and also to show off the marketing prowess – some of it based on agreeable extras like 40kg baggage allowance and free golf club transport.