image captionNicola Sturgeon’s return as first minister dominates the front pages with many latching onto her message to Boris Johnson that it is “a matter of when, not if” she stages a second independence referendum.
image captionThe “when not if” slogan gets another airing on the front of the i newspaper which also highlights comments made by minister Michael Gove on Sunday that Nicola Sturgeon should focus on the pandemic, not a referendum.
image captionThe Daily Telegraph goes along the same lines but points out that constitutional affairs are reserved to Westminster and the 2014 vote only took place after David Cameron temporarily transferred powers.
image caption“Now get on with the day job, Nicola,” demands the Scottish Daily Mail as it quotes Michael Gove as saying Nicola Sturgeon must not “take her eye off the ball” by putting independence over the Covid recovery.
image captionA near-identical headline graces the front of the Scottish Daily Express with a picture of the first minister walking back into Bute House to begin the SNP’s fourth term in power.
image captionThe Scotsman reveals that former prime minister Gordon Brown is to head up a campaign to save the union by holding onto “middle Scotland”. Writing for the paper, Mr Brown says Boris Johnson “has to change” if the UK is to hold together.
image captionThe Times Scotland edition reports that ministers are preparing to offer help to clear Scotland’s cancer backlog and invest billions of pounds in infrastructure projects as part of a renewed effort to save the Union. It writes that Boris Johnson will use a summit with leaders of the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish governments to suggest injecting money directly into areas that need attention as the country emerges from the pandemic, even if it means encroaching on devolved responsibilities.
image captionThe Herald also leads on the battle lines drawn by the first minister as she told Boris Johnson it was a matter of when a second referendum takes place. The second lead reveals that one in three Scots have now received a second dose of a Covid vaccine.
image captionThe Scottish Sun also leads with Mr Gove’s appeal to Nicola Sturgeon. The paper reports he said “not now”, but not never as government opens the door to a future Scottish referendum.
image captionIt will be a “slow road” to independence, according to The Metro. The paper quotes Ms Sturgeon saying that the UK government was showing a “lack of respect” for Scottish democracy in threatening to stand in the way of a follow-up to 2014’s rejected independence vote.
image captionThe National hails a “triumphant” Nicola Sturgeon who, it says, “laid down the law” to Boris Johnson in her first phone call to the PM since resuming her role as first minister.
image captionThe Courier issues a reminder to the SNP leader to act on the issue of drugs deaths, a problem too familiar to the paper’s readership.
image captionLaunching a mental health campaign, the Glasgow Times tells the tragic story of a Pollok family and the suicide of a young father.
image captionThe P&J hopes a “staycation boom” will generate £1bn for tourism in the north of Scotland. It says the Highlands are high on the wish lists of people desperate for a holiday after the pandemic.
image captionA Black Watch veteran who is living with devastating motor neurone disease tells the Evening Telegraph he plans to travel to a Swiss clinic to end his life. He tells the paper it is time to talk about the right to die.
image captionIn the Edinburgh Evening News, a woman claims she has been “hounded out” of her home by neighbours who say she was a police informer.
image captionThe Evening Express says Aberdeen Conservatives have named Councillor Ryan Houghton as their new leader and that he is expected to be named as co-leader of the council.
image captionAnd tea lovers will be waking up to the shocking news in the Daily Star that global warming is threatening “the great British cuppa”, with climate change jeopardising plantations and possibly leaving leaves tasting “terrible”.
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