Living in a country whose national news is intensely regional in nature I note two stories that dominated today’s headlines.
First, Scotland’s oldest woman died. She was 111. However, we all know from the late Les Dawson that this just means she was Ill. She was a suffragette and a nationalist, and was a piano teacher who lived in Aberdeen. Which of these attributes led to long life will be empirically tested in new RAE inspired projects supported by public funding and will form the basis of a Test the Nation quiz early in the New year.
Second, the Scottish Parliament today passed legislation that will make St Andrew’s Day a public holiday, although unlike other public holidays a compromise has been reached that means the holiday is voluntary. This will come into force next year, partly because our legislative system requires Her Gracious Majesty to assent to legislation and she waits for at least 3 weeks after the bill is passed. This legislation will mean that in the deepest recesses of winter, just when you want it most, Scotland will have five public holidays in under 5 weeks.