Analysis: first minister can steer clear of any policy failures while pointing to benefits independence could bring

As world leaders, negotiators and activists converged on Glasgow for the start of the Cop climate summit, curious delegates who picked up a Scottish newspaper may have seen a small advert from the Scottish National party.

Its main image was of Skye’s famous crags bathed by sunshine, with a soft-focus portrait of the first minister, and it read: “A nation in waiting welcomes the nations of the world.”

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