Tuesday, 6 September 2011
Who Will Win The Poisoned Chalice?
While Alex Salmond basks in the glow of ex-Labour MSP Andy Kerr's compliments, I wonder if he will spare a thought for Tory MSP Murdo Fraser.
Murdo, the deputy leader of Scotland's tories, got his leadership campaign underway yesterday with his bid to dissolve the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party (SCUP) and create a new party built on "new unionism". About 80 Tories attended the launch but the party's biggest single backer in Scotland, Sir Jack Harvie the transport tycoon, wasn't impressed in the slightest and has thrown his weight behind newly elected MSP Ruth Davidson. Although Murdo is currently in the lead the odds have reduced today.
I think he's on the right track if the words Scottish Conservatives are not to be buried without ceremony but, try as I may I can't find anything of substance in Murdo's proposals other than a name change and that's a shame because I thought he had his finger on the pulse of disillusioned members.
The other contender, Jackson Carlaw, considers the proposal is 'dividing the party rather than uniting it.' What he doesn't realise is that the party has been divided for years and requires a complete restructure. Of course such rebuilds take time and it may be some years before former Tory voters, who now vote SNP, trust their natural party enough to support it.
If a complete restructure is rejected by the Tories then they will die a slow death here. If a rebuild is approved it will be some years before the Tories just may be able to become a major player.
Who will win the poisoned chalice?