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.
It is a political, social, economic and cultural construct that should be the model for the European Union to emulate. It would be a real waste, and an exercise in pure political vanity, to want to exercise that political freedom in such a self-destructive manner.
It was the busiest week in politics since, well, the last one, and the Huff Post team had plenty to consider. Philip Hammond's Budget u-turn, a new call for Scottish Independence referendum, and David Davis admitting a lack of planning for Brexit were all key talking points.
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 UK is going to have a Tory government for many years come. A Tory government that Scotland never votes for. On it's own, that is a frightening prospect. But along with Brexit, it is even more frightening. Even more frightening for those of us up here in Scotland, especially knowing that they could dismantle the Scottish Parliament altogether.
The SNP need to focus on protecting Scottish public services, Scottish education and the Scottish economy. Rather, they are fruitlessly chasing ambitions of an independent Scotland - one that, time and time again, the Scottish people have shown they do not want.
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.
It seems that all the Labour and Tory Parties have to offer is their adversity towards Scottish Nationalism and its supporters. Nothing else. They have nothing to give Scotland. Nothing except opposition. SNP may not be perfect, but we know one thing about them. Their focus is on Scotland.
It's disappointing yet unsurprising. Three years on from the independence referendum, Labour politicians are still painting their lost Scottish voters as gullible sheep beguiled by divisive nationalism.
With the postal deadline for the Italian referendum looming, I weigh up the moral question of to vote or not to vote. And as I do, I will remember that unlike many others, at least I have a choice.
If Hillary Clinton wins on November 8, it will be in no small part thanks to the moderate Republicans who have decided to put country before party and to support her. It would be wrong to underestimate what this will have cost them, in such a divided country, in terms of personal relationships and party loyalties.
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