It means abandoning any claim that there might be a hung parliament in which the SNP could use their leverage to secure a second referendum.
After the general election, the pretence that the next big battle for independence is just around the corner will finally have run out of road.
Also: new polls suggest Labour has reached parity with the SNP in Scotland, and the projections indicate that the next election could be absolutely brutal for the Nationalists.
Such was the state of the polls going into this race that even a narrow win would have seemed like a setback for Sir Keir Starmer and Anas Sarwar, the Scottish Labour leader. No fear of that now, and no comfort for Humza Yousaf.
In the meantime, it’s been another deluge of bad news for the Scottish Government on the domestic front. But when will that start telling decisively with Scottish voters?
Also: Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland grapple with RAAC in schools and health buildings; ex-SNP MP receives trivial fine for embezzlement as short-term lets sector revolts against Scottish Government’s new licencing regime.
Also: Scottish Government’s legal regulation reforms denounced by judges and lawyers; Ross offers to work with Nationalist rebels to break Greens’ grip on government; new scandal for PSNI as High Court finds it illegally disciplined officers.
Also: DUP and Heaton-Harris in staring match over extra funding as Rishi Sunak rules out coalition with the Unionists at Westminster.
The last thing Anas Sarwar wants as he fights to win back central Scotland is fresh fuel for the Nationalists’ claim his party are red Tories.
Labour’s other problem is that on every issue bar independence, there isn’t room to put a cigarette paper between their approach and the SNP’s
It represents the biggest opportunity for the Conservatives to show we can build a stronger, greener, and more prosperous Scotland.
He describes the authoritarian and grossly under-reported way in which our future MPs, and ministers, are being chosen.
Scottish Conservatives have attracted unionist voters who might not stick with them if the threat of independence were seen to recede.
But the Labour Leader distances himself from changes backed by Scottish colleagues as he upholds the “primacy of the Equality Act which is very important when it comes to safe spaces.”