British Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to call a snap general election bears all the hallmarks of a government in the throes of a ongoing political crisis in the wake of last year's referendum result to rip the UK out of the EU.
Here is the thing. If Theresa May can change her mind so spectacularly within months about the merits and demerits of an early general election, then we must give the people the opportunity to change their minds once the terms of Brexit are concluded. Offer a second referendum and let the people decide.
From the very moment we are conceived, the government are influencing our lives. It does not pay to be apolitical, and now is the time to fight for policies that we feel can have a huge difference in helping the people of Britain.
May and Sturgeon are engaged in a high stakes game, with the future of the Union at stake. Neither of them can feel confident that they hold a winning hand. Somebody needs to try something different.
Closing the gap between the richest and the rest will be better for our whole economy. More working class people having more money in their pockets will stimulate our economy from the ground up. That's why under my leadership, Scottish Labour has relentlessly pursued an agenda to use the powers of the Scottish Parliament to invest in our economy, not carry on the cuts.
We have borne witness to betrayal, capitulation, and opportunism in equal measure. Indeed, as we get read to be dragged off the edge of this Brexit cliff, it is hard to gainsay the sage words of Scotland's national bard Rabbie Burns when arriving at a proper rendering of Britain's Brexiteers.
So now B-day has come - and yes, I am naming it as such phonetically, after the French contraption that blows water up one's arse. Here's my prediction for what will happen...
Two thirds of female politicians have faced sexism at work. We endure derogatory comments, social media abuse and being judged solely on our appearances. I refuse to be put off, but I worry about the impact on others who might be reconsidering stepping into the public sphere. I'm calling on the editor of the Daily Mail to apologise to the Prime Minister and First Minister, and to all of the young women aspiring to be politicians who want to be recognised for their knowledge and achievements, not the shimmer of their legs.
A leading national newspaper has produced a blatantly sexist front page - and apparently, we're all meant to turn a blind eye to it... If I ever have a daughter, I don't want her to experience catcalling and I certainly don't want her to see the way women are treated in male-dominated professions and believe she can't chase her dreams. The only way to make things better for the next generation of women is to say enough is enough, today.
Yes, it's an abhorrent front page. Yes, it's deeply frustrating, it's offensive and it's outdated. But I'm not alone in my anger. Thousands and thousands of people are furious about it.
Why the SNP should be seen off. It is a jack-in-a-box time of year. No sooner had the Government obtained the authority of both Houses of Parliamen...
So she wasn't bluffing after all. Having warned for months another referendum was "highly likely", Nicola Sturgeon has stayed true to her word and confirmed her plan to stage a rerun of the 2014 campaign. With some polls indicating a 50/50 split in Scottish public opinion, there's every chance they could win it this time around.
In politics, as in life, some opportunities are too good to miss. Nicola Sturgeon is to be congratulated on seizing the moment. On the day Parliament gave up its right to have a meaningful vote on Brexit, Sturgeon announced her plan to give the Scottish people the choice between Brexit and independence.
Whichever way the referendum goes Sturgeon faces the end of her career. If she loses, she must resign. If she wins, she will steer Scotland into an inevitable short-term decline and be forced from office. If Scotland does vote for independence and is successful as an independent nation, she will not be remembered for putting it there.
The indisputable future impact of Brexit on the Scottish economy - on investment, jobs, and on Scottish society - cannot simply be wished away in obeisance to an EU referendum result that has only succeeded in kicking over a constitutional hornet's nest.
Like many brands, most successful political narratives are the ones that are memorable - distinctive, tangible and succinct. Positivity is an optional extra. So is truth as of late. Here we look at the top 10 attempts to establish political brands in Britain in the 21st century. Share your own favourite with a quick poll at the end.