Today, barring a very unlikely rebellion in SNP ranks, the Scottish Parliament will vote by a narrow margin for a second independence referendum.
The date for the next Scottish independence referendum may not have been set yet but there is little doubt that the Nationalists are already in campaign mode.
This week’s conference is crunch time for the SNP and there is a growing acceptance among party elders that they have reached a crossroads.
Something strange has been happening in Scottish politics recently. I don’t mean the reappearance of Alex Salmond, although that is strange too.
Scotland has a quango called Transport Scotland that, among other things, looks after our trunk roads. It also has BEAR Scotland, which is in charge of the road network.
Passers-by who spotted David Cameron at a pavement cafe in London the day after he stepped down as Prime Minister said he looked “so relaxed and so young, like a new person”.
If you have teenage children, T in the Park looms every year to test your resolve. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve been told, by my children, their friends and their friends’ parents that the music festival is a rite of passage and they must be allowed to go.
With politicians changing sides at the 11th hour of the EU referendum campaign, it is hardly surprising voters have been confused and many are said to be undecided even now.
Scotland’s farmers have every reason to believe the current Holyrood regime is not on their side. Their long-running fight to secure overdue EU subsidy payments, massively delayed by a botched government IT system, had still not been resolved when the parliament shut down last week.
There may well be signs that Scottish Government ministers are emerging from the Dark Ages and beginning to treat scientific advancement more seriously.