Nicola Sturgeon must be delighted by David Cameron’s (false) claim that Labour has collapsed in Scotland and only the Conservative Party can challenge the SNP.
In Scotland, the Tories are nowhere. They are deeper in limbo than Labour have ever been, and Sturgeon knows this.
But no doubt the media will seize on Cameron’s over-inflated claim, and opinion-formers will work hard to sway the public.
Result: A bigger majority for the SNP.
Because, no matter what Cameron and the Tory press say, Scottish people won’t believe a word of it.
In a speech to the Scottish Conservative conference, the prime minister insisted his party was the only one that could challenge the Nationalists.
He also described what he saw as the SNP’s “litany of failure” in power.
Opinion polls suggest the Conservatives are in a race with Labour for second place ahead of May’s Holyrood election.
The SNP is widely expected to secure a second successive majority in the Scottish Parliament in the election on 5 May, with the party having also formed a minority government between 2007 and 2011.
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