“If you have tears…” Or, to express it in more demotic Scottish terms, “There’s aye someone worse off than yersel’.” For, melancholy to report, all is not well with Wee Krankie, Scotland’s president-for-life and national treasure, alias Nicola Sturgeon. It should be emphasised, however, that her problems are not, at least for the time being, electoral. On the contrary, pollsters report she is heading for a record-breaking victory in next month’s local elections. A poll by Survation for election analyst Ballot Box Scotland, taken in the last week of March, recorded the SNP as commanding 44 per cent of all first preference votes, with Labour on 23 per cent and the Scottish Conservatives/Get Boris Out party on 18 per cent.
In his all-too-short life, Philipp Otto Runge brought an almost shocking originality to everything he attempted.