Scotland’s school teachers were stepping up their campaign for a 10 percent pay claim with a national demonstration in Glasgow on 27 October. It was expected that thousands would take part.
Teachers were set to march with their school banners, demonstrating a level of grassroots organisation not seen for years.
Nicola Sturgeon has played another blinder and lit a bonfire underneath the cosy Westminster establishment. There will be another independence referendum in Scotland, or at least she will ask that Westminster grants permission for one to take place between the autumn of 2018 and the spring of 2019.
It is two years since the inspiring Yes campaign for Scottish independence ended in defeat. Things have moved on, and how.
The SNP won all but two of the Scottish constituencies in the general election in 2015. Scots were again landed with a Tory government they did not vote for. In the Scottish parliament election in May this year the SNP was the top party in the constituency votes but failed to win an overall majority.
Whatever way you look at it, the Scottish National Party have won another crushing victory in the Scottish parliamentary election. Due to the bizarre maths of the list system, designed to prevent an overall majority, the SNP won more constituency seats than last time but won less list seats and so do not have an overall majority, missing out by two seats.