Nicola Sturgeon unveiling the "most ambitious" plan yet for the year is a problem because it begs the question why didn't she do it earlier, a Scottish journalist has said.
Scotland's First Minister is to set out her government programme for the year at Holyrood today (September 5), promising her "most ambitious plan ever" with education expected to be a key focus.
Alex Massie, the Scotland Editor for The Spectator, told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "There is a problem: she said the programme she’s going to unveil today is the most ambitious unveiled by the SNP.
"That does rather beg the question 'well, why didn’t you do these things before?'"
However Massie did say that Sturgeon deserves some praise for the programme.
Whilst the focus on education is "not the sort of thing you can give three cheers for... you can give them one, or maybe even one and a half cheers for at last doing so."
He also believes "there's a real opportunity for Nicola Sturgeon, after what has been, it must be said, a disappointing year for the SNP.
"She can concentrate on the devolved matters free from the complications, if you like, of the further wrangling about independence and the constitutional question.
"That issue hasn’t gone away but it has been parked by a general understanding and acceptance that there won't be a referendum any time soon."
Listen to the full interview above