Would you trust Boris Johnson as far as you could throw him? Among those who would most likely answer in the negative - Arlene and the DUP, for starters - would also be Nicola Sturgeon.
This week, Boris travelled northwards to Scotland for another of his predictable photo shoots, where he gets kitted out in a plastic apron, mask and shower cap and engages in jolly repartee with key workers who have little option but to be civil with him.
Not so civil was Nicola, who made clear she had no intention of rolling out the tartan carpet for the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
She did not accept his trip was "essential travel". Boris was about as welcome as a haggis at a vegan convention.
Her snub plays well to Scots Nats. The conjoined impact of Brexit and Covid has boosted Ms Sturgeon's drive to secure Scottish independence.
It's maybe not quite a case of seeing England's difficulty as Scotland's opportunity. But Nicola has capitalised on her growing public approval rating (largely as a result of her handling of the Covid crisis) to push for a new independence vote.
If Boris won't consent to a referendum - or indyref2, as it's snappily called in Scotland - some of her SNP colleagues want the Scottish Parliament hold its own poll.
The First Minister insists that for now she's focusing on the pandemic.
While she admits herself that mistakes were made early on in how Scottish care homes were dealt with, she puts this down to an "underdeveloped knowledge" of the coronavirus.
Boris Johnson could presumably use the same defence with regard to his early handling (some would say mishandling) of the Covid emergency.
This week, for a brief moment, I felt sorry for the man. On Tuesday, as the UK reached the grim toll of over 100,000 deaths attributed to the virus he held a press conference at which he spoke with real emotion.
He expressed his deep sorrow at the loss of life. He said he took full responsibility for the decisions his Government had taken (and let's be honest, it's rare for a political leader these days to acknowledge that the buck might stop anywhere near them). To have to take crucial decisions that could result in loss of life has to be an awful job.
But this is what political leaders sign up for. The public judge them on performance.
On the restrictions front, Nicola has consistently out-toughed Boris. This has worked very much in her favour. Plus, the fact that she has the ability to convey her message succinctly and firmly.
Boris is all euphemisms and U-turns. But times change, events come at us that we haven't planned for, or even imagined (Covid-19 being the ultimate example).
When (hopefully) the pandemic is brought under control, the UK - including Scotland - still won't be out of the woods. The economic tsunami coming our way isn't going to be pleasant.
And the question of how a small, independent Republic of Scotland would pay for its keep could cause some of those currently keen on breaking free to think twice.
Ironically, Boris is a key asset in Nicola Sturgeon's independence campaign. The Eton toff is not to Scottish taste. He's deeply unpopular in Scotland.
But Ms Sturgeon needs to be careful not to overplay her hand. Her interference this week in the row between the UK and the EU over vaccines (she threatens to reveal details of supplies to the EU against the Government's wishes) will get backs up, even among her own support base.
Nicola needs to rein it in a bit. Who does she think she is? Maybe Queen of Scots?
Who’ll pick up penguin?
The Government has issued some advice on how to walk on slippy pavements now that chillier days are here.
Apparently, the trick is to walk like a penguin. They've even issued an illustrated leaflet showing how to do this. Obviously, penguins have a head start on us as they have flippers and very wee legs. And if you do cowp, who will rush to your aid? In these social-distancing days, there's probably another Government leaflet on why pedestrians should not p-p-p pick up a penguin.
A bad influence on us all
What do influencers do? The clue would be in the name. They influence people.
But who? And what do they influence them to do? To travel to Dubai to lie on a beach in a bikini?
This week, "influencers" - many of them former reality TV stars - came under attack for relocating to that Middle Eastern hub of bad taste and wealth-flaunting to send gloating snaps back to their followers.
Nice work if you can get it. Just not terribly essential, though.
Swab test hits a bum note
Unsettling news from China, which has been at the forefront, so to speak, of Covid testing. It now seems that the up-your-nostrils and back-of-the-throat swabbing is not as effective as another form of investigative technique.
According to researchers and scientists, the anal swab is more accurate. We do not need to go into details here. According to the Washington Post, in an online poll in China, 80% of people said they could not accept this intrusive new measure. Only 80%?