On the campaign trail with Nicola Sturgeon.

The classic baby shot with a good private quip to the mum to go with it.

The classic baby shot with a good private quip to the mum to go with it.

Nicola was visiting our constituency today.  For the first time in my life I live in a marginal seat and so it’s super exciting.  My vote now actually counts for something.

She didn’t make any speeches; it was mainly TV interviews.

But I was quite taken aback at her size.  She really is very petite indeed and that just adds greater irony to the way she is mauling the London big boys.


A tiny wee lady from a council house upbringing (her Mum still lives in the same house) that went to a comprehensive school and is walking, no trampling, all over the Westminster elite establishment.

You couldn’t write the script could you.

However, before we get too carried away by that TNS poll.  The one below. A word of caution

TNS poll 27 April 2015.

TNS poll 27 April 2015.

The party activists I spoke to today were talking this down.  Anything in the 40’s would be a major achievement they said.

Some of the journalists I spoke to were warning of a subtle shift in momentum in England back towards the Tories and that Cameron’s dogged defence of his economic policy is resonating.  What’s more.  remember this many Tories do not show their hand in opinion polls as they find it a bit embarrassing so their vote may be stronger than pollsters can measure.

Of course that won’t matter in Scotland.  What will matter here is SNP turnout.  If we can mobilise our vote maybe, just maybe, that poll above might not be pure fantasy.