Monday, 19 March 2012
Another New Group. How Many Do The Unionists Need?
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party is to have its annual conference in Troon next Friday and Saturday. Is the town prepared for an influx of fearless, gray-haired Tory women who regularly make 'their' conference an annual outing?
Without these groupies I think Gerald Warner, in a scathing attack on the Tories, could be correct when he says the conference will be held 'allegedly in the concert hall, more likely in the adjoining telephone kiosk'.
Where I do disagree with him is about Murdo Fraser's attempt to resuscitate his party because Murdo at least showed he had given some serious though to its future.
At the conference Ruth Davidson (the leader of SCUP pictured), intends to launch a new group aimed at keeping Scotland in the Union. She says the Conservative Friends of the Union (CFU) would be organised on a local government basis and anyone who shares its support for Scotland remaining part of the UK can sign up for their local CFU group, which will be launched over the summer.
What political party launches anything during the summer? Not one which can be taken seriously. I live in an area which used to be predominately Tory and I'll be watching closely for any evidence of a local group here.
How many more 'fight these dreadful supporters of independence' groups do Scots need? Labour has already announced their group as have the Libdems. One of the unionists' favourite reasons for Scotland staying in the Union is "stronger together, weaker apart". If they believed that they could be a serious opposition in the campaign, but politicians never practice what they preach, so there's little chance of the anti-independence side making a marked impact.
Oh, in case anyone has planned to attend the Tory conference, the speakers at the Rally for the Union, which is to be chaired by the party's former leader Annabel Goldie, will include Ms Davidson, Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan MP and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, who is the co-chair of the UK Conservative Party. Surely that group of lovelies must tempt someone.