Last month, commenting on a some brave predictions from Stephen Tall, I wrote:
Looking at recent opinion polls, I too have been wondering whether the Lib Dems might not outpoll Ukip. It has to be said, though, that this has more to do with the steady slippage of Ukip support than any great surge for us.Further evidence that this may happen came this afternoon in the shape of an opinion poll from ICM.
You can find the results on the Guardian website, though it does not find the fact that the Lib Dems have stormed to third place worthy of comment.
The figures are:
Conservative - 36
Labour - 32
Lib Dems - 10
Ukip - 9
Green - 7
It's just one poll, of course, but let's not forget that, despite the party's triumph at the last Euro elections, many commentators expected Ukip's vote to collapse in the run up to the general election. Maybe it will after all.