"Hails" is surely a bit strong for the SNP merely acknowledging the fact that David Cameron (post the Ipsos MORI poll) reckons an outright Conservative majority is not a foregone conclusion; this wasn't really that much of a hint either:
"I think, frankly, anything is better than another five years of this Labour government."
"I've never believed the next election is either a shoo-in or a foregone conclusion."
Conservative Party Leader in "Another five years of Labour is not really what we're after and don't take the electorate for granted" shocker.
And as if to prove the party faithful shouldn't take that last phrase as just a soundbyte, here's three not very impressive local government election results last Friday; a warning provided by real people actually going out (or not, as the case may be) to the polling station and not voting in nearly enough numbers for the Conservatives.
The fourth result provided even more of a puzzle:
Rossington ward, Doncaster
Lab - 637 (27%, -10)
Eng Dem - 551 (23%, +23)
Ind - 506 (21%, -22)
Ind - 420 (18%, +18)
BNP - 101 (4%, +4)
Lib Dem - 78 (3%, +3)
Ind - 76 (3%, +3)
Lab gain from Ind
So, not even a Conservative candidate here, leaving the English Democrats a free run to come within 87 votes of taking the seat from Labour? Do I smell the whiff of a bizarre pact (between a Unionist and nationalist party!) here? Or were there other local factors involved? All very strange.