The headline came after the headline act had left the stage.
It was Ruth Davidson‘s spokesman who addressed the question of whether or not she backed Boris Johnson in suspending parliament.
He told journalists: “She supports the prime minister’s approach.”
It would seem to confound any assumption that Mr Johnson had pushed her over the edge.
It’s what we’re being told, even if the timing of Ms Davidson’s resignation seems beyond coincidence.
There was an answer for that, too.
Ms Davidson, we were told, had been pondering her future for the past year and told colleagues she was stepping down on the day of the European elections on 23 May, when Theresa May was still in 10 Downing Street.
And yet there was never a meeting of minds between the Conservative leaders north and south.
Ms Davidson campaigned for Remain during the 2016 EU referendum, while Mr Johnson led the Vote Leave cause.
She also campaigned for Mr Johnson’s rivals in this year’s Tory leadership contest.
And he snubbed her in July by ignoring her wish that he retain her friend David Mundell as Scottish secretary.
Ms Davidson railed against the prospect of a no-deal Brexit in a face-to-face meeting with Mr Johnson at Holyrood in the same month.
It may be that, in her assessment, the direction in which Mr Johnson is taking her party doesn’t match her political outlook and ambitions.
In resigning, her wish will have been to limit the harm to the Conservative cause.
To have gone guns blazing would have undermined her prime minister and whoever comes next at the top of the Scottish Tories.
Her replacement has big shoes to fill.
Ms Davidson re-invented the Scottish Tories as an electable force and transformed the party throughout her eight-year reign.
She built her reputation during the Scottish independence referendum and since as a strong parliamentary performer and able champion of the Union.
As polls indicate a drift in support towards the SNP, the unionist cause needs a strong voice.
It has lost one of its strongest.
Scotland correspondent @LittleRobinson1 The headline came after the headline act had left the stage. It was Ruth Davidson ‘s spokesman who addressed the question of whether or not she backed Boris Johnson in suspending parliament. He told journalists: “She supports the prime minister’s approach.”