An opinion poll north of the border has caused great excitement in the SNP ranks and gloom among virtualyl everybody else. The SNP is on a massive 48%, which, when you bear in mind that only two years ago they achieved a mere 17% at the 2005 general election, is quite an achievement. It's not so much a Brown bounce and as a Holyrood Honeymoon for Alex Salmond.
The Labour Party is on 32%, the same as they achieved in May, but the Tories and LibDems have halved their votes to 8% and 8% respectively. The LibDems have been consistently scoring single digit figures in Scottish polls, but the Tory figure is quite astonishing. The SNP are saying that support for independence is behind support for the SNP, but that is a longer game. The issue for the moment, they say, is whether Labour will suffer in Scotland at the next election.
And that is why the key result from this poll is that it means an Autumn election is just that little bit less likely.