The London-based media seem to have given up reporting on Scottish politics since devolution, but given the importance of Scotland to Labour, next year’s elections to Holyrood are of no small significance.
The internals are unavailable, but the top line is better than other recent polls – on the constituency vote: Lab 36 SNP 28 Lib 17 Con 12; and on the list vote: Lab 28 SNP 27 Lib 19 Con 12 Green 8.
This should, however, be contrasted with less optimistic Ipsos-MORI quarterly findings. And MORI was generous to Labour in 2003.
Overall, this race has an unpredictable air to it, though opinion was pretty volatile last time too. The voting system also makes polls harder to read, but one thing that does seem to come out is that Labour’s constituency MSPs are a lot more popular than Labour is as a party.
The SNP are fighting back with a plan to cut taxes on business that has come under fire from the Scottish Tories for going too far.