John Swinney is still the face of an exam crisis but the minister responsible for rail infrastructure maintenance and safety is nowhere to be seen. Both reports have statements of condolence from everyone you could think of, including the Duke of Edinburgh but there is no explicit clarification of where responsibility for the inspection, funding and maintenance of Scotland’s rail infrastructure lies – London.
In the BBC Scotland TV broadcast this morning only Michael Matheson, the Scottish Transport Secretary, who has no responsibility in this, was mentioned. In both reports Shapps and Matheson appear as if sharing responsibility.
These matters are reserved and the UK and Scottish media knew that last night when they annoyed one or two activists by going directly to Shapps.
Reading those statements, he accepts that his department only is responsible. He makes no attempt to share that.