Friday, April 25, 2008

Scottish Toryism- What's the point without the Union?

Bad news for the Scottish Tories in a new opinion poll:
But the Tories were down from 17 per cent to 13 and the Liberal Democrats fell even further from 16 to just ten per cent.

I think it was a couple of years ago that the Conservative Party nationally asked itself the core question "What are the Conservatives for?"

The Scottish Conservatives should be asking themselves the same question; they are at heart a Unionist party, it's high time they started acting like one and stopped worrying about looking for more devolved powers and making "strategic alliances" with the Nationalists. As this poll demonstrates, they've got absolutely nothing to lose by getting off their knees and reclaiming once again their belief in United Kingdom Unionism.

3 comments:

The Aberdonian said...

Basically there is still a need for a party with right-wing credentials (economically and socially) in Scotland. That is why they continue to exist.

Not all their ideaology is tied up with the constitution. That is it the SNP's position.

Anonymous said...

The Tories, particularly in Scotland, are a party of pragmatism and consistency. It is not within the party to be making grandiose statements on such matters.

Annabel Goldie took the approach that the constitutional debate is not what voters want to hear about: but rather about real politics: policing, health, education.

Everyone knows the Tories to be strong on the Union - I don't think they particularly need to shout about it.

O'Neill said...

Annabel Goldie took the approach that the constitutional debate is not what voters want to hear about: but rather about real politics: policing, health, education.

The voters would appear to disagree with her.

Everyone knows the Tories to be strong on the Union - I don't think they particularly need to shout about it.

There are too many different and conflicting voices within on what should be a simple enough topic; a read of the various leaks in the Scotsman over the last few weeks, for example, seem to prove that.