Boris & Davidson

Should Boris call a Taxi for the Ubers?

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BAXTER’S makes a fine Scotch Broth. It’s a shame Ruth Davidson, one of its latest recruits to its board, has landed her tribe in the soup. The pervasive, predatory nature of uber remainers in Holyrood bas been felt by many eurosceptics and conservatives for years – and the party makes no secret that tendency is a vital ingredient for those who would represent it in Holyrood.

Ruth herself has lobbed grenades with seasonal cheer into Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) for a long time now, and usually this backfires badly. Operation Arse was launched to floor Boris Johnson as a party leadership contender but in the end it buttressed him.

The problem for the Scottish Tory leadership is, well, no one really likes or rates them. They’ve made no progress in the last five years and tied to the Westminster Tory brand they can hardly be hoping for glory come the May elections.

They’re not liked because they’re not loyal and they’re certainly not representative of the party faithful – so any leader foolish enough to lead the ranks is going to earn their ire before long. They style themselves autonomous within the party but I cannot find anything that says this is anything more than a courtesy of CCHQ. This is not a federal arrangement like in Germany, where a separate party, Christian Social Union, can in theory break off effortlessly from the larger CDU.

Back in Britain they are at best an happy couple caught in a sham marriage. From a numbers perspective, Boris does not need them. They’re polling at levels sure to remove all their MPs come the next election. At that point they add zero to any majority and become an outright embarassment to the larger party.

The serial disloyalty comes from the separation of powers regarding candidate selection. Local associations are not trusted with anything above arranging shortbread and leaflet runs that the regional party HQ organises from Edinburgh. This is where the chummy patronage lies. If you’re remain, ex Lib Dem or an ardent LGBT campaigner, you’re in. If you’re a conservative, you are not. It’s not THAT kind of conservative party.

Nor is it separate. It is tied close enough that disloyalty is hurtful and personal. It is close enough for the media to attack the party through its Scottish underbelly and this creates resentment in England. Rightly so from what is a rogue franchise. Labour has closed down CLPs for less.

The Scottish Tories’ main battle bus, indyref, has tanked. Everyone knows it’s over. The medicine is increasingly the opium that voters are starting to see through it. Their polling in Scotland is terrible and the instinct to kick against the beast in London whoever it maybe is only playing the same game Scottish Labour did for years.

How did that turn out?

The saga of the Prime Minister and his latest wife will go on like a Scandinavian crime thriller but if I were to gamble, I’d say the squealing of D. Ross and Ruth will, if anything, help save Boris’s bacon. We know the uber remainers will attack with malice anyone who backs and implements Brexit, no matter how well. That will undermine their case.

It’s Time Boris called a taxi for the Ubers while he is still able. He might just find many in Scotland will thank him. He is more than able to take back control of the party and have a much more balanced selection of candidates to go forward.

If the Scots Tory Ubers don’t have the guts and fight for becoming a separate party like the CSU, they should gird their unionist credentials with a little more unity and stop running a parallel operation that’ll soon be a sideshow.

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