Thanks to Scottish tories' London masters latest scandal courtesy of Peter Cruddas, the Scottish tories' get together on Friday and Saturday at sunny Troon, may well slip off the keyboards of the Sundays. To show a little charity, I thought the following may compensate a little for their lack of publicity.
The leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party (SCUP), gave her first conference speech yesterday. Why does the woman insist on looking - and sounding- so aggressive? Years ago women were regularly labelled aggressive when, to my mind, they were assertive, but Ms Davidson certainly displays an unpleasant combative style, which is unbecoming.
Back to her speech and a few of my observations. She's intent upon ridding the Scottish party of 'deadwood' in order to introduce new talent. Bye bye Annabel Goldie and a host of other senior MSPs.
Also she's not happy with the manner in which SCUPpered's list MSPs are chosen so there will be even less input from its grassroots members and more control from the top.
As for the teenager who suggests a Scottish cancer drugs fund, joining Cancer Research UK won't achieve it. Money raised for that charity goes directly to it's England HQ and only a tiny proportion is returned to Scotland. There is a cancer drugs fund operational in England but is one necessary in Scotland? It seems odd to me that England's fund includes drugs which would normally be available through existing PCT processes: the indication will be one that has either not been appraised by NICE or has not been recommended following appraisal (6.5).
Cancer is a hellish disease and if a sufferer has evidence that a specific medicine may be appropriate for them, then we should ensure speedy consideration and evaluation be given to the patient's suggestion. Does that require a fund?
Sadly Ms Davidson was forced to rely upon party heid bummers from south of the border to prop herself up and yes "we know we get more from sticking together than we would from splitting apart" was in it too. The Unionists never fail to deliver.
Last, but by no means least, Ms Davidson wants a new logo for SCUP. Having wracked my artistic brain for many hours - ok, I confess it was a quick Google - dare I suggest this one:
and Unionist Party