Sunday, February 8, 2009

Killing separation by engagement?

Either:
David Cameron: I would govern Scots with respect

or:
Cameron 'vigorously opposing' SNP

...depending on your preferred media.

"Vigorously opposing" the SNP's ultimate target of Scottish independence would be a lot closer to truth I believe. There is clearly a developing strategy at work here and unlike Chekov, I'm not sure it could really be classified, on the face of it, as an "impeccably" Unionist one. Doing a deal with the separatists, where thanks to the *ahem* negotiating skills of the 16 Conservative MSPs and Ms Goldie -the "concessions" secured included a £60m town centre regeneration fund(which is hardly the most unpopular measure in the world that Salmond has ever conceded)...didn't really strike me as the most vigorous of opposing. Admittedly, it looks like he's put Salmond, on the back foot with Alex being reduced to playing the trusty Thatcher card in response to Cameron's "blast":
"No amount of warm words from the Tories will wipe out the memories the people of Scotland have of the damage inflicted on the country during 18 long years of Conservative rule"

What Cameron has pledged in those "warm words":

1.He would continue to back the devolution settlement with the Tory MSPs at Holyrood continuing to enjoy their present autonomy
2.He would want there to be a good working relationship between himself and Salmond.
3.He would want there to be co-operation "at all levels" between the administrations; members of the shadow cabinet have already been meeting with members of the SNP cabinet.

Cameron is a Unionist, of that I've no doubt- he is however taking a risk and gamble here by promising a positive engagement with those whose main political purpose is the destruction of the Union; let's hope that particular strategy has been clearly thought through to its logical conclusion.

8 comments:

fair_deal said...

Considering the dog's breakfast that is the constitution created by new labour something of greater depth than we'll talk and be nice aka positive engagement had been developed by the Conservatives.

Although there seems to a lack of depth on a range of issues to the Conservatives.

tony said...

Gald to see that the Scottish Tories along with the SNP are now on your hit list Oneil. You do realise that they are far far more electable now because of the way they are playing the game. As I have mentioned before Scots will not vote for a London-centric Tory party who clearly put middle England first, they need to appeal to Scots, this is seemingly why they are slowly gaining ground. Hence your beligerence towards them.

When we in our seperate nations in the UK do go ouy seperate ways shortly, is it not better for an amicable resolution for all parties. As the sensible pragmatist Tory strategy despite elements of tough talking seems to be aiming for.

O'Neill said...

You do realise that they are far far more electable now because of the way they are playing the game.

Not according to the most recent set of opinion polls they're not.
Maybe it's all part of a cunning plan, if it is, then it's pretty well disguised.

O'Neill said...

You do realise that they are far far more electable now because of the way they are playing the game.

Not according to the most recent set of opinion polls they're not.
Maybe it's all part of a cunning plan, if it is, then it's pretty well disguised.

tony said...

You can say that again;¬)

Naw seriously there has been a tangible softening in the line towards Scottish Tories. Perhaps the numbers do not entirely reflect that, but then again your ever present hypocrisy betrays you. Didn't you do your damndest to wriggle out of a bet after making a claim that they would make serious/healthy(can't remember your choice of words) at the next elextion.

Aha gotcha!

O'Neill said...

A week is a longtime in political blogging...I'm sure there will be a number of bets nearer the time;)

O'Neill said...

A week is a longtime in political blogging...I'm sure there will be a number of bets nearer the time;)

O'Neill said...

A week is a longtime in political blogging...I'm sure there will be a number of bets nearer the time;)