And so the spectre of a Local Income Tax has gone. Even when unions, business leaders and many others reacted with nothing short of horror at the thought of its introduction, the SNP carried on with it regardless. Until now.
John Swinney, realising the policy was about as popular as a fart in a spacesuit has announced today that it has been ditched until after the next election.
The SNP had to be forced to honour their pledge of 1000 extra cops, the promise to wipe out student debt was a lie, the undertaking on class sizes is in chaos and now LIT has sunk without trace.
Surely there must come a time when the only people the SNP big guns are fooling will be themselves.