A couple of articles in today's Mirror exemplifies the struggle newspapers have to fill their politics sections while the parliaments are in recess. It's not that there aren't topics that could be discussed, it is just that these either don't fit the newspapers' agenda or they consider them to lack entertainment value.
Firstly, we have a fluff piece which tries to big up Jeremy Corbyn on his mini tour of Scotland. The article starts with a large photo of Jeremy impersonating a standing stone at Callanish which the article later (helpfully?) describes as:
As the light fades Jeremy takes the short drive to see the prehistoric Callanish standing stones, the Hebrides’ version of Stonehenge.
Obviously, the article wasn't written with a Scottish readership in mind.
We then hear about Anna's ringing endorsement of the Labour leader after meeting him: "He seems okay."
A report of a political event in Scotland, by the Mirror, couldn't be made without referencing the divisions caused by the referendum:
He is taking great strides at helping heal the divisions created during the referendum...
Finally, we have one of the old standard newspaper canards where a meeting is described as busy without specifying any numbers:
A rally in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, drew a large crowd
For good measure the accompanying photo shows a picture of Jeremy, not of the "large" crowd.
Meanwhile, the Mirror also covers a story which suggests that Theresa May has effectively announced her resignation, albeit quite a long time in advance. According to the Mirror Mrs May will step down as PM on August 30th, 2019, as she wants to see Brexit completed before she goes. Cynics might say she is trying to hold on till then so her tenure as PM will be a few weeks longer than the equally lacklustre Gordon Brown.
The most ridiculous claim by the Mirror is that:
Mrs May is on a charm offensive...
Nope, can't see it myself.
Apparently, the PM is entertaining her MPs, 15 at a time, at her official country retreat, Chequers, to persuade them not to plot a leadership coup. Which photo would the Mirror use to illustrate this part of the story? It just had to be this one.
What kind of entertaining this is we don't know.
So, there we have it: Jeremy is recapturing Scotland and Theresa is handing round the Ferrero Rocher at Chequers while the UK (including Scotland - sigh!) is going to hell in a handcart.
The Scottish Parliament returns on Monday September 4th and Westminster on the following day.