Cartoons of the week

Iain Green and Brian Adcock offer their satirical take on the week’s news...

The economy is never far from the headlines, no matter how hard Chancellor George Osborne tries to play down the latest set of figures, which came out at the tail end of last week.

The SNP’s proposal to reverse its opposition to Nato came back to bite Alex Salmond with the news that the party does not have grassroots support on the matter, according to some Nationalist MSPs.

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Gay marriage was back on the agenda on Monday after the Catholic Church in Scotland announced its plans to read out a letter criticising the Scottish Government at churches throughout the land.

Then came the news that the West Coast rail franchise had been taken from Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Trains and handed to FirstGroup, a decision which did not exactly receive unanimous approval.

More pressure was heaped on the SNP Government when it emerged that the cost of free personal care - one of the Scottish Government’s key pledges - has spiralled by 150 per cent in seven years.

More cracks appeared in the Westminster Coalition when Nick Clegg’s proposal to impose an emergency tax on Britain’s most wealthy received a cool response from Mr Osborne.

And the week ended with more uncertainty over the Scottish independence referendum, with Scottish Secretary Michael Moore insisting a deal was close. Not so, replied the SNP.