First, a missing person announcement: missing since 20 August, from her home in Bute House, Edinburgh, Nicola Ferguson Sturgeon (49), First Minister of Scotland. The First Minister had been expected to attend the publication on 21 August of the annual GERS report, as she has done every year since 2014 but, despite recent attendances at Edinburgh Festival Fringe events, failed to put in an appearance. In her absence the GERS statement was launched by Scottish finance secretary Derek Mackay.

Early reports suggest Sturgeon has been sighted in Shetland, the most distant location from the GERS unveiling short of Greenland, to which she was unlikely to repair for fear it had already been occupied by Donald Trump.