That’s one of the questions debated on the latest episode of podcast The Steamie as The Scotsman’s politics team delves into the positioning of the UK and Scottish governments, with both Holyrood and Wesminster in recess this week.
Political editor Alistair Grant, political correspondent Conor Matchett, and Westminster correspondent Alexander Brown look in detail at Mr Johnson’s visit, in which he was quizzed by broadcasters on pensions, 'partygate’ and the situation in Ukraine – but failed to front up to be questioned by the Scottish print media.
The team also discusses the coming joint SNP/Green independence prospectus, which is set to be put to voters next year.
With the two parties already disagreeing on the ‘green freeports’ plans, can they reach a mutual position on thorny issues such as the currency that would be used in an independent Scotland – or what economic drivers are necessary to support the nation going it alone?
Episodes of The Steamie go live every Tuesday morning.