Coronavirus may be delaying Alex Salmond's reckoning, but both the Scottish government and the SNP as a party have some difficult times ahead.
Independence is a vexed question for the Scottish people, especially with so much yet unknown about how the UK will fare in its divorce from the European Union.
The SNP administration has adopted a fashionable so-called 'mission-oriented' approach for its flagship economic development plan, but it looks a lot like mission impossible.
The prime minister may be assured that this issue will not be going away any time soon as Nicola Sturgeon makes a democratic case for transferring powers rather than a legal one.
Independence support in Scotland is now at critical levels. The ball is in the UK prime minister's court.
At first glance it seems like a strange strategy to go big on another independence referendum when half of Scots would vote No.
It is still not easy to reach firm conclusions about Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence.
Broadcasters snubbing the likes of Nicola Sturgeon and Jo Swinson in favour of head-to-head debates with the two big party leaders just serves to stoke political tensions.
Charismatic Ruth Davidson broke the mould of the traditional Tory MP to reach parts of the electorate others couldn't. So how do the Scottish Conservatives fill the vacuum she leaves?
The ruling party took three of six seats in the European Parliament.
Does an "European culture" or a "European identity" actually exist?
As the Brexit clock ticks down and the Alex Salmond crisis grows, the stakes have never been higher for his SNP successor.
With Brexit mired in doubt, it could be said the stars are aligning for Scottish independence. But now it looks like the SNP could self-combust after the government's humiliating court defeat.
Brexit has shown the constitutional arrangements around devolution for what they are.
Three stage-managed cheers for Keith Brown – the left is getting restless over independence.
The SNP says every Scottish voter will be financially better off if they vote to leave the UK. But is that what they need to hear to vote yes in another referendum?
Only 5% of rape complaints in the UK end in convictions – what a legacy for the #metoo generation.
Scotland voted for its own parliament in September 1997, but has yet to make its mind up about the biggest issue of all.
Theresa May isn't the only national leader having a queasy election.
The Scottish nationalists' election pitch is about damage limitation, not a radical sell.