Thanks to Stuart Dickson for alerting me to another detail from yesterday's ICM poll - Alex Salmond's overwhelming lead as the party leader most qualified to be First Minister, with Labour's Iain "the Snarl" Gray in a dismal third place. Here are the full figures as they appear in the Sun -
Alex Salmond (SNP) 43%
Annabel Goldie (Conservative) 10%
Iain "the Snarl" Gray (Labour) 9%
Tavish "Two Hoots" Scott (Liberal Democrat) 3%
Patrick Harvie (Green) 1%
The transition from George Foulkes to John Park as the designated Labour rent-a-quote has been impressively seamless, but I must admit this comment from Park at the end of the Sun article has left me a trifle baffled -
"Iain has gone toe to toe with Alex Salmond in three elections - and it's three-nil to Iain."
Does anyone have the faintest idea what he's talking about? Gray became leader in September 2008, since when there have been just two Scotland-wide elections - one of which (the European election in June 2009) was won handsomely by the SNP. As for Labour's success in last year's Westminster election, it's pushing credibility a touch to describe that as "Iain going toe-to-toe with Alex Salmond", given that the "Scottish Labour leader" was utterly invisible for the entirety of the campaign.
And the "third" election? Not a scooby.