Who would have thought that proposed changes to something as dry as the Scottish census could become a lightning rod for a vicious row about what makes a woman?
In an increasingly sclerotic approach to Brexit, one of the more bizarre moments from last week was that of the departure from government of Alberto Costa who had just won cross-party support for his amendment securing the rights of EU citizens living here.
In a world of broken politics, the fact that an apparently unprincipled ex-Militant Tendency leader expelled from the Labour Party more than 30 years ago was readmitted the same week that seven others decided to leave on matters of various principle, was poorly timed but may also have proved a point.
Mandy Rhodes: Winston Churchill debate shows everyone’s a hero or villain in these shouty, black and white times
Labour’s John McDonnell is the latest politician to fall foul of the flag-waving patriots who see the Great in Britain as a time when we ruled an Empire after he dared to paint Winston Churchill as a baddie.
Mandy Rhodes: Ministers must realise there is no better way to champion women than menopause awareness
IT'S not often my professional life as a political journalist collides with my personal life as a menopausal woman but Brexit, like a panacea for every crisis, has provided that bridge.
AFTER all the degradations and humiliations that have gone before, Theresa May must have thought she had hit bottom.
EVA has lived in Scotland for more than 25 years. She is married to a Scot and has given birth to three Scottish children.
IT was hard to spot through the fog of chaos and confusion but there was a moment, a fleeting, blink-and-you’d-miss-it moment, last week when there was a clear consensus on Brexit.
Mandy Rhodes: Alex Salmond sexual misconduct allegations fiasco cost a lot more than £500k. It cost us hope
PICKING through the carnage that followed last week’s revelations about why the civil service inquiry into allegations of sexual misconduct against Alex Salmond was deemed unlawful, I can only imagine how the two women at the heart of his case must feel.
AS we tumble ever further down the rabbit hole of Brexit, it became front page news that one of Theresa May’s ministers was willing to publicly support her exit plan.
THE Westminster government’s spin cycle is in overdrive attempting to heap acclaim on a Prime Minister who has successfully managed to negotiate a deal that makes her country worse off.