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Chris Deerin is the New Statesman's contributing editor (Scotland).
Suggestions a Labour government wouldn't oppose a second independence referendum are compounding a dearth of talent north of the border.
Opponents of independence have been left to hope that Scots will eventually tire of an endless constitutional row.
Faced with a hard Brexiteer cabinet, the party has lost its momentum and spirit of optimism.
Even unionists are being forced to recognise the increasing appeal of something different and potentially better.
The revival of the long-standing Scottish liberal tradition could help thwart the SNP's bid for independence.
Scotland’s schoolchildren are being ill-served by politicians who seem to shy away from evidence and data.
The party’s gamble is that either Johnson will happily cede more powers to Edinburgh or that his behaviour and character will push Scotland further towards the exit.
For Conservative Leavers, the 312-year-old Union between England and Scotland is secondary to the need to leave the EU at all costs.
The Scottish Conservative leader wouldn’t choose Johnson but is prepared to work with — and challenge — him.