(Part in italics cut by the Herald.)
IN the present chaos that is British politics, Nicola Sturgeon could have easily stood out.
Although she has limited ability and zero imagination, all she had to do was to show competence, and she would have had a good Brexit war by default.
Her role was to remember her lines and not bump into the Bute House furniture.
However, that was before the Salmond case and the blunders and appalling judgment which she and those closest to her have displayed in this sorry and shambolic affair.
If the SNP was not controlled by the First Minister and her husband, Peter Murrell in a manner reminiscent of the Honeckers and the Ceaucescus, her party would call for – and would deserve to have– her head.
But the whole world will know from now on: never again can Ms Sturgeon pretend to be the only grown-up in the room and get away with it.
Peter A Russell