Now I can perfectly understand how Labour-leaning journalists might spin the Panelbase poll as modestly good news for their party. Although taken in isolation it's an absolutely dreadful poll for them (that would see them lose half their Scottish seats), you do have to see it in the context of the even worse polls that went before. Our objection is not that the reduction in the SNP lead suggested by Panelbase wouldn't be progress for Labour, it's that it probably isn't real, because it isn't borne out by the other polling data we have. Others are free to have a different interpretation.
But, George Eaton - the Survation poll? Seriously? A 20% deficit for Labour with three-and-a-half months to go is good news? Is that what you said in January 1997 when polls showed John Major 20 points adrift of Tony Blair, or did you correctly note that the Titanic was heading for the iceberg all over again?
And if the next Ipsos-Mori poll shows, for example, the SNP lead being trimmed from 29 points to 27, can we look forward to the epic comedy spectacle of the New Statesman dancing in the streets about that one?