First minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon addressing Seanad Éireann in late November. She is good at exuding an air of authority  but everywhere there are logical contortions. Photograph: Maxwell

Somebody at Westminster has a sense of humour or history or quite possibly both: when the Scottish National Party’s new MPs were settling in following(...)

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon: The SNP leader is among the most vocal proponents of the EU. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

When the UK last held a referendum on Europe in 1975, more than two-thirds of English voters wanted to remain in the then European Community. Support (...)

First minister Nicola Sturgeon: She told delegates at th Scottish National Party’s conference in Aberdeen that there would be no second independence referendum until she was confident a majority would vote Yes. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

When Nicola Sturgeon addresses delegates at the end of the Scottish National Party’s conference in Aberdeen today it will be as a leader with approval(...)

Independent MP Michelle Thomson with first minister of Scotland and leader of the SNP  Nicola Sturgeon. Mrs Thomson resigned from the SNP after Police Scotland announced it was investigating her. Photograph:  Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

On May 9th, just two days after the general election, Nicola Sturgeon held a press conference on the banks of the Firth of Forth, outside Edinburgh. F(...)