Opinion polls show consistent and increasing support for Scottish Independence; a poll this week puts it at 58%. The perception that Nicola Sturgeon has responded to the Covid crisis more convincingly than Boris Johnson goes some way to account for this, whether that perception is well-founded or not. Those who believe she has handled it well pay no heed to the fact that financial measures to alleviate the hardships resulting from the pandemic and the economic damage it has done have been the responsibility of the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Treasury, not the Scottish Government which has been able to choose its own path without having to pay for it.