Sturgeon reshuffle apes Westminster procedure

Imitation being the sincerest – if saddest – form of flattery, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, newly sworn in this morning, has instituted the reshuffle procedure of Westminster, with those on the move summoned to waiting cameras at Bute House – as opposed to No 10 Downing Street.

John Swinney was seen on the way in earlier, pretending he, like everyone [aye, right], would have to wait and see what Ms Sturgeon would do.

Then Derek Mackay – a reliable plodder tipped for promotion, turned up to enter the presence.

Mr Mackay has a substantial credit rating for promotion having silently endured entirely unwarranted attacks upon himself – attacks which would have been correctly directed to the fully responsible John Swinney – over the disastrous failure of the Forth Road Bridge’s truss end links over the end of 2015 and well into 2016.

Shona Robison is now esconced within – probably facing a move away from Health but with her retention in cabinet assured on personal grounds.

Keith Brown, a former candidate for Deputy SNP Party Leader and losing to the improbably frisky Stewart Hosie, has also been seen heading for the steps to Her Grace.

Newbie SNP MSP, Jeane Freeman – a major figure in Woman For Independence – not the one under alleged¬† suspicion of financial misappropriation – is also to be in the [door]frame, no doubt with Ms Sturgeon’s gender balance in mind.

Two candidates for a move out – Alex Neil, a very mature politician and Secretary for Everything Else; and Richard Lochhead, the failing Rural Affairs Secretary – were earlier given the opportunity voluntarily to stand down.

By lunchtime – and possibly in time for the Scottish news bulletins, all will have been revealed and will be shown to be a daring and innovative deployment of a deep talent pool – or not.

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