Bizarre’ is a high bar in Scottish politics these days, but the SNP has comfortably cleared it once again. The party’s deputy leader Keith Brown revealed Nationalist MSPs have agreed to ‘send some flowers’ to Nicola Sturgeon ‘as a mark of sympathy, given what she has been through over recent days’.
Sturgeon was taken in custody on Sunday by police investigating allegations of financial misconduct. She was released without charge after seven hours. Her husband, and former SNP chief executive, Peter Murrell and the party’s ex-treasurer Colin Beattie were previously arrested and similarly released without charge.
The bouquet is a nice gesture from the SNP group, but Mr Steerpike wonders what they’re going to do about a card. ‘Hope you’re enjoying your retirement’ seems ill-advised. Perhaps Hallmark has a bespoke range for these circumstances: ‘Sorry you’ve been nicked’?