The dominance of London and the surrounding region in the national economy and in many aspects of our cultural life, there is an ever-increasing media and political focus on areas outside the South East as recognition grows of the importance of their role in the UK as a whole. And this could have a profound impact on Britain's future.
It is going to be a stellar couple of months for alt-rock releases from the north of the border and whilst the likes of Mogwai may dominate the music press column inches, it could be Halo Tora that make the most waves.
Jim Murphy is leading the Scottish Labour Party to an historic electoral pasting in the upcoming general election in May. Poll after poll in the wake of last September's independence referendum leaves no doubt that the party that was once so dominant in Scotland has finally and irrevocably been deserted by its core and natural constituency...
Some correspondents were concerned about my ministerial team, worried that the 50:50 gender split I had just announced had seen some women promoted beyond their capability. How can you be sure, some wondered, that the female cabinet secretaries are up to the job? Interestingly, none of the correspondence asked me whether the men installed in Cabinet posts were good enough.
The big new exhibition at the Southbank Centre in London "History is Now" is meant to address British postwar history. It does not do so. As a Scot who voted 'No' in the referendum I found the experience of visiting this show profoundly depressing.
The aim is to give rabbits the same protection by law as dogs and cats currently have by ending the widespread sale of rabbits via pet shops and other outlets. The petition recommends this is done by introducing ordinances protecting rabbits similar to those operational in numerous states and cities in Northern USA and Canada.
Gordon Brown's final act as a backbench MP might be to pull off another rescue mission for an organisation saddled with the consequences of its financial shenanigans. This time his quest is to rescue Tesco.
Teenagers do care about politics, but confidence in their ability to discuss political issues needs to be nurtured. So instead of simply waiting for them to grow up, we need to create an environment in which politics is accessible, and political discussion is normal.
Your criminal record, educational attainment and health data could be used to decide when the state should intervene in your life, and equally, when to withdraw benefits from people who are deemed less needy.
The Times and Telegraph both spookily comment on the 'Americanisation' of our traditional way of policing, and I'm sorry, but that's just plain daft. In perspective there are a mere handful of armed response crews out and about on patrol in the UK, and this bears absolutely no resemblance whatsoever to any US policing model.
While SEPA's aims are admirable - and sustainable solutions are vital for future generations - their solutions seem to edge too close to idealism.
Situated to the north of the UK and almost completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Scotland is a magically scenic destination. Once used for beach pictures in an advert for Thailand, there's no doubting Scotland's claim to being one of the most beautiful places in the world, you just need to be prepared to handle the 'temperamental' weather!
The creation of an English Parliament would face considerable issues and political hardship; given the size of England in relation to the rest of the Union. However taking into account the current path we are on, I believe that the creation of a federal Britain is the only viable route we can take. This will help to create a more democratic society, paving the way for another 300 years of political union.
As 2014 draws to an end, all eyes are on how to see off the old year and bring in 2015 with plenty of cheer...
To make a watertight case to the Scottish Government, however, a feasibility study must be commissioned and this will cost £25,000. That's the bad news. The good news is that £6,000 has already been raised in only a few months and the Action Group is utterly confident the case, once made, will be watertight.
We Europeans did nothing to help Tunisia achieve its revolution in January 2011. Yet, today, we can and must support the most successful of the Arab Spring countries - because we know that democracy can never be taken for granted.