“The Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party is very much alive and kicking. That has been very clear in the exhilarating debate we have had during this campaign.”
I’m just recovering from all the exhiliration. But maybe it’s time to see how this is panning out? The Tories continuity candidate won. Hurray. Fraser Nelson giggled that it was the ‘first openly Glaswegian party leader.’ It’s a good line, but she’s from Edinburgh. The Spectator isn’t renowned or having its finger on the pulse of Scottish culture. But while the media have been loving her ‘story’ little attention has been placed on what she actually thinks or plans. This is mostly because her utterances have been utterly banal.
She now leads what Paul McBride has called a ‘party of unreconstructed morons’ or The Unreconstructed Morons Party (Ump for short) as I’m sure we can agree they’ll be known henceforth.
Good luck to her, though I doubt it will be anything other than an unmigated disaster. Her early comments seem to immediately flag up that her complete inexperience mean that she’ll come a cropper quickly, and no amount of experience running about in the woods playing soldiers will help out.
Her immediate response to the referendum question should be alarming for any true blue Conservatives.
Declaring she was in “constant contact” with Conservative colleagues at Westminster on the issue, Davidson, 32, said: “There’s some question of putting a time constraint on that [the independence vote], but I’ll see what my colleagues decide on that.” She added: “Scotland deserves the chance to a make a decision on this in good time.”
There’s so much in that brief sentence that should set alarm bells ringing for the fractured sect of people that represent the Tories in Scotland. Who are her colleagues she’s waiting for a decision from? What mandate does she think she or they hold to usurp the elected governments plans? This has all the hallmarks of a disaster waiting to happen.
A Bullingdon Cabinet shoving forth Danny Alexander and the rest of the Quad to impose a London referendum would be a disaster for the Union. I fully expect Ruth to be incapable of either understanding that or resisting that happening. All the signs are that they are out of touch, arrogant or ignorant enough to not realise this.
One celebrant will be Michael Forsyth who said of her: “She has the determination, the ideas, and quite frankly, like Margaret Thatcher, the balls to take on one of the hardest tasks in public life.”
Today is the first day of a new and bright future of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.