Of course Jeff focused on the comments that were nice to the SNP and somehow missed out this:
"Many of us would be happy if we could deal with the SNP. Labour is now so contaminated that a deal with them looks impossible."
It is the contamination of the Labour Party that is the key. Back in 1999 there was a sense that Labour could move things forward and in 2003 with them weakened and the Lib Dems position strengthened we were able to get more policy across than four years earlier. However, the Labour party may have been the ones to bring in devolution to the UK Scotland and to a lesser extent Wales and Northern Ireland but they have since stalled in their commitment to that end.
There is room for a stronger Scottish Parliament and next weekends Scottish Liberal Democrat Conference will be discussing some key policies to make that so. So while Jeff, like Jason Allardyce, points out the current opinion polls, I'm looking to the future and the policies that the Lib Dems are discussing. Those from Harrogate and for Perth next week fill me with hope that we won't get splattered in the polls either at the next General Election of Scottish.
Nick Clegg said in his conference speech earlier today:
"So when, in the coming months, we offer people practical help. It will not just be sticking plaster solutions - it will be part of a new, better approach. That's what makes us different from the others.
"All parties make promises. You'll get a policy from each about job security; about repossessions; about help with bills. The real question is will they be policies to patch up the old order, or policies to build a new one?
"You know where the Liberal Democrats will stand. We will not promise just to rebuild what we had before. We will promise to build it anew, and build it better."
That is a bold new message. At a time when Labour and the Conservatives are unable to think outside the box, either because of the restraints of the unions or business, or because they are limited in what they can comprehend. The Nats also have shied away from boldness but only because they want to do it one way and seem incapable of seeking the aid of others constructively.
With our economy in ruins, our politicians at a new low (if that were possible), now is the time to make bold steps to restore confidence, in our banks, in our economy, in our politicians.
As Nick went on to say the current state that we find ourselves in "opens the door to a genuinely new way of doing things." He concluding by summing up the hotch potch of fixes from left and right saying:
"You have everything to gain because we will do things differently. A never-ending cycle of red-blue, blue-red government has got us into this mess - it is never going to get us out. Try something new.
"Now is the time to think big. If you want better, choose different. Choose the Liberal Democrats."
So with the failing of the old guard with the old style there is room for a major rethink. If it ain't broke don't fix it, but if it is? Now is the time for boldness. Labour have lacked it, the Tories have nothing to add, the Nats speak in boldness yet fail to act.
Now all we have to do is get the message across