Remaining SNP Ministers must get their act together over leadership race and fast

Scots could be forgiven for scratching their heads when trying to make sense of a chaotic week in politics.

Humza Yousaf ended his own career as First Minister and very nearly brought down his entire government after he chose to terminate a power-sharing deal with the Greens.

Speculation has since mounted over who in the SNP was leaning on the outgoing party leader to sack Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater in such an urgent manner.

There are some in the party who view Yousaf’s departure from Bute House as a price worth paying for getting rid of the Greens.

And we now have a potential SNP leadership election between the semi-retired John Swinney, who will announce his candidacy today, and a previously defeated leadership hopeful in Kate Forbes.

The shambles of recent days has even caused some Scots to reflect on the purpose of the entire devolution project itself.

Holyrood was meant to do things differently to Westminster but since early 2023 it has closely matched it for chaotic governance and embarrassing ­resignations.

Anas Sarwar was right to question whether the now minority SNP government really does still have the confidence of MSPs and the wider public.

Few people outside the political bubble could stomach the idea of both a Holyrood and a Westminster election taking place in the same calendar year.

But it’s now up to the remaining SNP Ministers to get their act together, and fast.

A new leader must be installed without delay and attention returned to fixing the many problems afflicting Scottish society.

Skin in the game

Summer is just around the corner but before it’s “taps aff”, Scots need to heed the warnings about skin cancer.

Covering yourself up during the hottest part of the day and making sure every bit of exposed skin is slathered in suncream is as important to your health as stopping smoking or cutting down on excess eating and drinking to avoid cancer.

Today, Steven Frame bravely tells how an unrelated accident left him more susceptible to skin cancer.

He wasn’t one for lying in the sun or visiting sunbeds but at just 27 years old, he developed such a serious form of the

disease that it cost him his nose.

Like thousands of other Scots, he didn’t realise how powerful the sun in this country could be.

Whether it is at home or abroad, we should all take measures to protect ourselves from the worst of the sun’s rays.

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