Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom - 25 August 2021 : The Statue of Adam Smith on the Royal Mile in central Edinburgh adorned with a traffic cone on his head

Sturgeon goes AWOL as GERS report discredits independence

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.