Or at least he should be. According to a new poll, the Tories are not just 13 points behind Labour. They are just one point ahead of the UKIP:
There is also a Survation poll out for the Daily Mirror which has topline figures of CON 23%, LAB 36%, LDEM 10%, UKIP 22% (Full tabs are here). It’s the lowest the Conservatives have shown in a poll this Parliament, and the closest UKIP have come to them, but that’sI may have adapted Anthony Wells's comments a bit, and Survation are a bit suspect compared to proper polling companies, but who cares? Since the anti-AGW lot have decided you can just pick what ever data you like and manipulate it whatever way you see fit, I'm happy to join in.
largely for methodological reasonsbecause the Tories hate inducing scum that will soon be the third party of British politics.
The response of the right? To rave and scream about some miserable corruption in candidate selection in Scotland. The Mail rather hopefully suggests this may be a threat to Ed Milliband's leadership.
Dave - or should I say Nigel Farage? - should be so lucky. No one cares about what happens in Falkirk. The desperation of the Tories is obvious from the eagerness with which they have seized on this.
With their polling numbers drifting towards the low 20s, you would think the Tories would be a bit more introspective. Ostriches, Titanic, whatever metaphor makes you happy.
But respectable polling company with robust methodology shows the Tories at 23% and just one point ahead of the UKIP - and the right's response is to squeal about some tawdry little near scandal in Falkirk. Those wondering where or even what Flakirk is should not feel ashamed. No-one other than William Wallace has ever been at all bothered by goings on in Falkirk.
Do they really think that's going to win back the missing 10%?
Do they really think the British electorate will shiver in terror at the mere mention of the unions?
Amusingly, Thatcher broke that stick and the Tories will struggle to beat Labour with it. Yet it still seems to be the only one they use. "Vote for us, coz, coz ... UNIONS!! WAH!!"
Not suggestive a party bringing over with energy, hope and ideas, is it?