YOU have to have some sympathy for John Swinney. A decent guy trying to educate the weans with both council and Holyrood budgets constrained by Westminster.

So given the rate of higher passes has fallen by around 2% you could guess the predictable response from the Unionist spokespersons and equally Unionist press and TV.

It’s over 40 years since I sat a Higher, but I strongly suspect that the same set of exam papers as last year were not used, so for a start we are not comparing like with like.

Had the pass rate increased the same doom mongers would say the papers were getting too easy!

Brian Lawson