The National:

AS always Ruth Davidson kicked things off at First Minister’s Questions, and yet again it didn’t take her long to mention independence. A mere 30 seconds of the session had passed before the Scottish Tory leader had started banging on about the thing that she constantly accuses Nicola Sturgeon of banging on about.

Her question, when she finally got to it, was whether the First Minister wonders why the people of Scotland question her priorities. This was after Davidson had listed several supposed failings of the Scottish Government.

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One of these criticisms concerned the NHS, which Sturgeon was quick to respond to … using Davidson’s own words. Referencing a speech by the Scottish Conservative leader just TWO days ago, Sturgeon pointed out that Davison had said that the health service in Scotland was “performing brilliantly”.

What followed next was beautiful …