Back to the future squeeze
So it's back to austerity. The battling over future projections for an independent Scotland's budget can be binned.
It's time to focus on the budgets which Holyrood will have, rather than the ones it might have had.
And that day of reckoning, to coin a phrase, is coming soon. John Swinney, the Finance Secretary, has been busy campaigning of late. But back at St Andrew's House, at the top of his "to do" list are the final stages of putting together a draft budget for next financial year.
It doesn't look pretty. Amid the noise of the final days of referendum campaigning, the leak of NHS management planning was a reminder that reality is about to bite.
It showed a gap of up to £450m in the NHS budget over the next two years.
Neverendum: 'Not at this stage'
So when is the next independence referendum? No, hang on. Stop whimpering like that. Bear with me. You may soon have withdrawal symptoms from the campaign, so why not plan for the next one?
After all, 1.6 million people wanted Scotland to be independent - the nationalists among them irreconcilable to UK citizenship, some of them newly and passionately mobilised to the cause.
Scotland Decides: Headquarters - Who needs 'em?
We're told the only threat from Scottish banks taking their registrations south of the border is that the nation's stock of brass plaques will be diminished.
The first minister said this week that Scots are interested in jobs and company operations rather than corporate name plates.
Scotland Decides: Profit or loss?
Scotland Decides: Mandate with destiny
Picking up my dictionary and looking for the definition of the word "mandate", I found this sentence: "Political authority supposed to be given by electors to [a party in] parliament".
It also gave an alternative legal definition that "someone given a mandate does so with indemnity against loss".
Who speaks for Scottish business?
The distinction between lobbying and political campaigning can be a fine line.
The Confederation of British Industry hasn't just stepped over it. In doing so, it's tripped over itself, and fallen on its face.
The Shetland Dividend
Shetland has no intention of playing its oil card and pushing for its own independence, the council leader has told me.
Gary Robinson says that would be too greedy. It would mean far more wealth than Shetland could possibly use.
Growth, insecurity and change
For most of these downturn years, the Scottish economy has behaved rather like that of the UK as a whole.
As I've noted before, Scotland may be the outlier in its geography and constitution, but it's far more like the UK average than, say, London.
Sanpower buys House of Fraser in £480m deal
From Mohamed al Fayed to Iceland's business buccaneers, the House of Fraser portfolio has secured its owners many of Britain's most prestigious retail locations.
And at a time of unprecedented change for the industry, that is testament to the vision of the Fraser family, and to the endurance of the department store format.
Whisky joins the slowdown in luxury goods growth
BenRiach whisky has strong distribution in Africa, where two of its three owners live.
In the Angolan capital, Luanda, oil-rich Chinese executives come through duty free sales at the airport, and when the senior guy picks up a £300 bottle of single malt, then others in his party are honour-bound to do the same.