With Scotland’s vaccine roll-out powering ahead, and lockdown measures gradually easing, attention is turning to the economic recovery from Covid-19 and the question of what sort of country we should be after the pandemic.
Having a warm home is a basic human right. Having to choose between heating your home or feeding your kids is a choice no one should ever be forced to make in this day and age.
There was an interesting moment during First Minister's Questions on Wednesday — no, stay with me — as Nicola Sturgeon responded to a query on the High Street from a Tory MSP.
There is barely a person, family or business across Scotland that has not felt the acute impacts of living through the pandemic.
If a Prime Minister goes on a visit and there are no reporters there to meet him, has he really visited?
It is disappointing that, three weeks into the new year, Scottish fishing businesses are still struggling to export their products to the EU.
The news at the start of the week that mainland Scotland was going into a second lockdown was difficult to hear.
This Hogmanay, as we look forward to a new year, most of us will be relieved to be ringing out the old one.
At its best, Wednesday's recall resembled a second-rate pantomime performed with the grace of a school rugby team looking for something to tide them over until the end of term.
Relief, then, seems to be the main takeaway from the yuletide agreement between the EU and UK, hopefully preventing chaos on January 1 for business, trade and the economy.
This week - for the first time in months - people have had a genuine sense of hope.
The SNP’s soft-touch and chaotic approach to the justice system has failed victims of crime for years.
Going that extra mile to reach out to friends and family to make memories that last throughout the year has always been at the centre of celebrations around the festive period.
These are dangerous times for the Union.
One of my earliest and clearest memories is as a seven-year-old, going out with all of my primary school to watch the Gordon Highlanders parade through Inverurie.
When politics is driven by the search for slight and offence, a key skill is to turn relatively good news into the source of outrage and offence.
Boris Johnson seemingly launched his first major infrastructure project this week, rebuilding Labour's "red wall" across the north of England.
Hit with yet another poll showing majority support for Scottish independence, Number 10 has been advised to break the emergency glass and slam the red button.
As far as press coverage of the current pandemic situation is concerned, the old saying “You pays your money and you takes your choice” has never been more accurate.
The Scottish Government should restrict new hate crime laws to behaviour or material that is threatening, rather than abusive, writes Dr Kath Murray, Lucy Hunter Blackburn and Lisa Mackenzie from policy analysis collective MurrayBlackburnMackenzie.
You can’t go home again: Going back to Holyrood was good but not as good as it was before coronavirus
Covering Scottish politics has its moments, but going to Holyrood for a day's work is not normally a cause for celebration.
In any normal government, losing one Cabinet secretary might be regarded as misfortune, but losing four begins to look a bit more like carelessness.
Humza Yousaf: Hate Crime Bill strikes right balance between respecting freedom of expression and tackling hate speech
The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill looks to modernise, consolidate and extend hate crime legislation in Scotland.