Like a faded starlet spurned by the spotlight, Scotland is struggling to pull in the crowds this election season.
We got used to being the centre of attention in the 2014 independence referendum and again in 2015 when it looked like Britain was heading for a hung parliament with the SNP as kingmakers.
Last May, political hacks again decamped north of the border to witness the improbable Tory surge that installed Ruth Davidson as the leader of the opposition in the Scottish Parliament and consigned Labour to third place.
Now Brexit, largely an English phenomenon, has top billing and Scotland can hardly get a look in. Yet, the plotline developing in Edinburgh is no less gripping than in previous votes.