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The party should finally replace its mediocre leader Willie Rennie and revitalise its policy offer.
Any thought of departing as leader of the Scottish Conservatives in a manner of my own choosing was soon demolished by ambitious colleagues and a media scrum.
There is no obvious figure to take her place as the most compelling opponent of Scottish independence.
The impending departure of the party's leader north of the border will heighten their Johnson problem.
The party’s mixed domestic record could yet deny it the seats it needs for a second independence referendum.
Like their Brexit-voting compatriots, Scots are recognising that there may indeed be more to life and politics than money.
Suggestions a Labour government wouldn't oppose a second independence referendum are compounding a dearth of talent north of the border.
Rather than setting itself against Scottish democracy, the party should be fighting to make that terrain its own.
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Opponents of independence have been left to hope that Scots will eventually tire of an endless constitutional row.
The country’s progressive self-image offers no escape from the tragedy of being a small, deindustrialised nation in a world of big extremes.