The Scottish Parliament is set to discuss the new Social Security legislation today. It feels like this has been a long process, I went to a meeting in Eastwood late 2016 to listen to Jeane Freeman talk about her hopes for the new system, the consultation process and timescales.
Colonel Davidson, leader of the Scottish “don’t call us” Conservative Party, appeared on Radio 4 this morning condemning the locker-room culture at Westminster. She’s made calls to “clean out the stable.” With the amount of horse shit she spouts this is indeed a task for Hercules.
A subject keeps cropping up in conversation recently; when the next IndyRef comes who will lead Better Together 2?
The UK politicians who signed the Vow have all gone, and as much as the media love its architect I think Brown’s ego is too fragile to risk heading a losing campaign. He’ll pop up like clockwork with the interventions he loves so much.
Darling has his ermine, as does Foulkes, McConnell, Menzies Campbell, Malcolm Bruce which I’m pretty sure even the British state would see as a disadvantage when discussing democratic matters
(As a matter of interest, Labour are the party have the highest proportion of Scottish life peers.- onwards comrades!)
Then we come to the current crop of Unionist MPs – Murray, Mundell or the Liar Carmichael?
None of them exactly set the world alight as public speakers. Fluffy interviews badly already, far to easy to anger. Carmichael – well he’s a liar and a LibDem (remember them?) and Murray ? The man can’t even support his own leader. The one Scottish Labour MP and he resigned as Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland. So much for putting country first.
So then there are the Holyrood leaders – Ruth, Kezia & Willie Rennie.
Ruth Davidson seems to be a front runner; she’s been on a war footing for over a year.
To be fair after Labour’s membership collapse – with the left going to the SNP, Greens etc, the right of the party does seem to be able to put a cross in that Conservative box quite easily. (and no I still don’t understand how life long Labour supporters can do that)
But having a Tory leading it wold just confirm the Unionist option, that to stay in the UK means another 10 – 20 years of Tory rule.
The only reason we have devolved government is because of the Council of Europe not Labour generosity. There are already talks of additional powers on fishing & farming being retained by WM after we leave the EU and at the Scottish Tory conference a fringe event on repealing the Scotland Act and abolishing Holyrood.
It may seem far-fetched, but how long ago did we think fringe events on privatising the English NHS and education system were ridiculous? This is how these policies start.
As much as she tries Davidson cannot avoid the link between Scottish Tories and their “mother” party. Every time she stands waving a flag on top of a tank – that’s patriotic not nationalist don’t cha know? – she stands for the current UK government. The one condemned by the UN for its treatment of the disabled and austerity policies.
*takes deep breath*
Christ sake. The knives are already sharpening in SLab. The question is how low are the party’s expectations for the May council elections. It’s obvious Sarwar is biding his time, are Findlay & Rowley too?
Whoever is Labour leader after May, would they platform with the Tories again? And even if they run separate campaigns they still are saying it’s better for Tory rule than self-rule.
Then we have Willie Rennie. Oh god *rubs temples*
Hold on, I forgot one party leader – Coburn.
So moving on
Blair McDougall the man who admitted they would have struggled to win without ‘scaremongering’?
John McTernan? OH GOD, PLEASE LET IT BE HIM. Murphy’s main man would be a gift.
I don’t have a clue who they’ll go for. I don’t know if they do.
I’m not going to write about the Brexit White Paper (follow @Law_and_policy ) apart from commenting that it seems to have been a tad rushed, which is possibly why it has British workers down as having 14 weeks holiday a year. And that it appears that Scottish fishing industry re going to get shafted AGAIN.
Instead and with great distaste I’m going to talk about Murdo Fraser. I would say he’s the Scottish branch office’s version of Boris Johnson, but some
idiots people still like Johnson whereas Fraser is a charmless tool.
I’ve just put myself through the second of Kezia’s interviews from this weekend.
Oh my fucking god, why would you do that to yourself? She repeats he same lines re party unity again and again and just looks foolish.When will politicians learn that people do not want to hear the same soundbite.
When you vote Tory.
This started as a full on rant, but to be honest it depresses me that people keep voting for them. Even looking at the dire alternatives available there is always a better choice.