I had the unusual pleasure of chairing a session of the Home Affairs Select Committee yesterday, as the Brain family talked us through their ridiculous struggle with the UK immigration system. Hopefully a solution is within reach, and enormous credit is due to local MP Ian Blackfrod for fighting this cause. It would be outrageous if the Brain family were told to leave.

The episode illustrates again that immigration rules and regulations are just not the right ones for Scotland’s needs and circumstances.