And so to Scotland, where Tony Blair is probably right to say that Labour, or anyone else for that matter, will never win the electorate back by being "more Scottish" or "more left".
The ludicrous irony is that in many ways*, Labour are "more left" than the Nats and my new Scottish National Party MP is an Australian. Seriously, she once had a bit-part in Home & Away.
Nonetheless, this is irrelevant. It makes no difference at all whether e.g. the few actually redistributionist measures in the SNP manifesto were copied and pasted from the Labour one.
What matters here is that the SNP have retained the entire 45% of those who voted Yes in the referendum, and added to them. Barring a series of catastrophic SNP mistakes, they're never coming back to the parties that they once voted for. Once Scottish voters decide that they fancy independence, it's almost impossible to convince them otherwise.
The brief explanation for all this is that most of the Scottish electorate have finally tired of waiting for the Labour/Lib Dem/Whatever Parties that they've always wanted, and have decided instead that they can make a better fist of it themselves. Possibly, the surprising thing here is that it took this long to happen.
God knows, I find their patter annoying, but I urge anyone who can to speak to the new SNP voters and to ask them why they think the Nationalists are a good choice.
None of them are much arsed about e.g. Ed Miliband, but almost all of them will raise the Iraq War and the various porkies it was sold with; Labour's intense relaxation about the filthy rich, and the party's craven fellation of Tory/Ukip voters throughout England.
They believe that they'll never, ever get the policies that they want, if they have to wait around for Labour or any other UK party to deliver them.
Even I think they're right about this** but really, it makes no difference whether they're right or wrong. They believe it and they're going to continue voting like they believe it, for decades at least.
And it's not like this has snuck up on us unexpectedly, but it looks like it still needs spelling out. If Labour members want the current political situation up here summarised in one sentence, it goes like this:
The New Labour project has just cost you Scotland, your most reliable core support, probably forever.
Which is precisely why Tony Blair and his ilk should all drink a tall glass of shut-the-fuck-up right about now, rather than offering us their views on how best to win back voters north of the Border.
Because none of this is news - all of this is exactly what Yes voters were telling pollsters last year, and what they said consistently right up until election day. And as best I can tell, few of the other parties seem to have believed that it was actually true.
And it showed, this last couple of months. It's difficult to overstate the shambolic nature of Scottish Labour's campaign, but you can get an insight here. The first big point to note is that its leader Jim Murphy started out with the criminally insane strategy of trying to out-Scottish the Scottish National Party.
In short, this amounted to wandering around making a big song and dance about representing the interests of the Scottish people of Scotland and the Scottish services that Scottish people wanted to see in Scotland and Scotland and Scotland.
And - amazingly, astoundingly! - it turned out that none of the new SNP voters wanted to buy Jim Murphy's low-alcohol lager version of what they could get tastier and sexier by doing Jagermeister shots round at Nicola Sturgeon's house.
This is, in part, because Jim Murphy is almost the perfect avatar of the New Labour machine. Watching him work is like a chapter from a second-rate Neil Gaiman novel, in which somebody crams the abstract concept of Insincerity into a grey suit, pins a red rosette on it and has it wander the streets shaking hands and smiling like a hungry velociraptor.
Never mind failing to connect with voters, or getting across the message that you're all Scottish, eh no. Murphy seemed to struggle with the basic task of impersonating an actual real human being.
But to repeat myself, the larger problem is this. These SNP voters don't want Labour or anyone else to come up with new ways to defend Scottish public services. They don't want "a new relationship with the UK".
What they want is for those parties to fuck off.
Scotland already has a nationalist party. If voters are telling you that they want an independent Scotland and you have no intention of giving them that, then why in the name of sanity would you think that they'll prefer your jibber-jabber to a party that actually will try to deliver them what they want?
Labour, the Lib Dems et al see Scotland as just one part of the United Kingdom. They find the idea that someone in Edinburgh obviously has more interests in common with, say, an Aberdonian than they do with another person who lives 45 miles away in Berwick-Upon-Tweed, absolutely ridiculous.
And that's fine! It is fucking ridiculous! But if you want anyone to even half-respect you for saying so, you can't also lard it up with a lot of argle-bargle about how you're totally going to stick up for Scotland against the party that you yourself are campaigning on behalf of.
50% of the electorate is obviously unassailable, so it's going to be a long, long time before anyone else wins a major election in Scotland. In the main, this is because most of the country believes that the non-nationalist parties are a shower of liars and frauds.
The best way to change this situation is to stop pandering by telling voters what you think they want to hear, and to start telling them what you actually think***.
The other option is to dig in your heels and stand around repeating yourself, hoping that your foes will eventually crush themselves under the weight of their own considerable contradictions. Good luck with that strategy, folks.
*Although in some other ways, they definitely aren't, depending on how we're defining "left".
**I also think they're entirely wrong that throwing their lot in with the SNP will get them the better, more humane country that they want and have said so repeatedly, but it doesn't matter shit what I think about it.
***Step one, to be taken immediately, today - for the love of Christ, fire Jim Murphy. Labour doesn't need to give Murphy more time to recalibrate his message. It needs to give him a
bottle of whisky and a revolver.