The second poll by Lord Ashcroft in selected Scottish Westminster constituencies continues to predict a Labour wipeout in May, with the SNP tipped to take Gordon Brown and Alastair Darling's seats. Labour are ahead by a statistically insignificant 1% in east Renfrewshire (Murphy's constituency).
Overall Lord Ashcroft suggests that the general election could end in a dead heat with 272 seats apiece for Labour and the Conservatives and the SNP potentially holding the keys to Downing Street with more than 50 MPs.
As a declared SNP supporter I would counsel no complacency and maximum effort right up to and through the 7th of May. I can't help but be aware that Lord Ashcroft is a former Tory treasurer and deputy chairman of the party. His conversion to impartial pollster is 'surprising', to say the least. Let us not forget that it was that one rogue poll two weeks before the referendum showing YES ahead that precipitated the visitation of the Three Amigos, the relaunch of Gordon 'Home Rule' Brown and the tabloid nonsense of the 'VOW' as the establishment realised there was a real prospect of them losing the day.
Now the prospect of an SNP 'clean sweep' in May with the party apparently poised to wield real power in Westminster for the first time ever we see an increasing number of proposals not just for tactical voting to keep the SNP out, but for a Tory/Labour 'grand alliance' to deny the upstarts any voice in the Mother of Parliaments.
Whether traditional Labour supporters are able to stomach voting Tory under any circumstances remains to be seen, and it is hard to see how either party could retain credibility by forming a monolithic and unaccountable 'National Government' in peacetime.
We continue to live in interesting times