There surely isn’t much remarkable about the Scottish Conservatives stating that they now have an open mind to forming a coalition Government with another of Scotland’s parties, what is remarkable that they ever closed their mind to the prospect in the first place.

The Conservatives can of course effect change from outside the Government, as they have done at the past few budgets and through committee work, but the real political impact for any nation is through Ministerial positions and setting the agenda. I accept it is unlikely that the Conservatives will find a coalition partner willing to do serious business with them, not so much because the Scottish Tories are toxic but rather because the SNP, Labour and Scottish Lib Dems would like to keep considering them that way.

I have noted in a previous post that the most likely alliance for the Scottish Conservatives is probably the SNP, though many disagreed. Put simply, were the numbers to fall a certain way, were Goldie to offer an independence referendum and were the Nationalists so thirsty for a plebiscite then I don’t see why it couldn’t happen. However, that’s speculation that hinges on a number of hitherto undecided factors so there is little point dwelling on it.

Furthermore, Goldie herself has said: “But if the constitutional issue could be parked and you ask ‘are there areas of common ground?’ The answer is yes.” which to me suggests there isn’t enough blue sky thinking from Scotland’s blue party. A deal can’t be done with the SNP without independence being part of the agreement. As for the Tories and Labour – a deal can’t be done. Simple as that.

Where Annabel Goldie has made a good decision in the here and now is to position herself as above the fray in terms of the back-and-forth, Punch and Judy debacle that we see most weeks in the Scottish Parliament. The Tories are marking themselves out as, for want of a better phrase, a third way.

Support for the top two parties at a UK level has decreased over the past few decades and perhaps the Scottish Tories are hoping to pick up any ‘anti-status quo’ vote that may be out there. We’ve had eight years of Labour and the Lib Dems and we’ve had four years of the SNP, perhaps a difficult-to-satisfy Scottish public may turn to the Tories in order to freshen things up.

Of course, I would suggest that if you were that way minded then you should turn to the Scottish Greens, not that I see many people struggling over who to support between the blues and the greens, of course.