The local election results in England and Wales are certainly making interesting reading at the moment.
Strong gains for the Conservatives and heavy losses for Labour. The Lib Dems are putting a delighted face on the fact that they are currently second, but I'd suggest that they have not pushed Labour into third place, it would seem Labour have simply fallen into third place rather than being 'pushed' there by Mr Clegg.
So what could this mean for Scotland? Well, up here, the First Minister is increasing in popularity, but a recent poll showed a slight increase in support for the Scottish Conservatives in a Westminster election, but a fall in support for us at Scottish Parliament level. To be honest, I'm not really surprised at this, however the English and Welsh results may (and I stress the word may) indicate favourable prospects for a Westminster election nationally, and ironically, this seems to be the favoured result for some of the SNP.
Some sections of the SNP are hoping for a hung parliament where their (extremely optimistic in my view) 20 SNP MP's can hold the balance of power. Personally, I think this is extremely unlikely on two counts. The first is that the pundits always refer to the possibility of a hung parliament to increase the tension, but in reality they are quite rare. The second is that I doubt that the SNP will have 20+ MP's after the next election.
However, there are others in the SNP that would favour a Conservative Govt for fundamentally flawed reasons. They feel that a Conservative Govt would instinctively be bad for Scotland which would in turn increase nationalist support. This suggestion to my mind is naive and gives no credence to how the Tories have changed and modernised nationally. If I thought David Cameron's Conservatives would be bad for Scotland, I wouldn't suppport him, but I honestly believe that he would be good for Scotland and good for the UK.