We already know how very much that the Unionists/BritNat press love to report that Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have been "slapped down", or "dealt a hammer blow. Now they've decided that the First Minister is becoming a laughing stock for allegedly attempting to downplay the role of independence in the forthcoming general election.
In reality, it is they who are the laughing stock, since they seem to contradict themselves at every opportunity. Either the First Minister and her Government are obsessed with independence, or they are not. Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP are either neglecting the day job by failing to focus on health and education, or they are not. The Unionist press and politicians really must make up their minds which it is.