Not another one. Those suffering from manifesto fatigue are unlikely to have been aroused by the dreich launch delivered today by Scotland’s first minister, John Swinney.

Much of the SNP manifesto, announced in Edinburgh, is aimed at appealing to the core nationalist vote. This explains why its content may sound outdated – and even triggering – to those outside the fold who feel sufficiently traumatised by the two referenda from the last decade.

As promised by his predecessor, Humza Yousaf, Swinney rather ostentatiously made independence “page one, line one”. Winning a majority of seats, he declared, would “empower” Scottish Nationalists to seek another referendum. He was notably more coy about the alternative outcome, declining to say what would happen to the independence movement should the SNP lose its current majority instead.