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Scotland don’t want David Cameron – Is he bovvered?

In Uncategorized on February 11, 2010 at 9:33 pm

As I flicked through the Herald newspaper on Wednesday morning one story in particular grabbed my attention. David Cameron’s visit to Perth to address party members has inevitably raised questions over what his attitude to a hostile Scotland will be if he moves into 10 Downing Street this year. Indeed, the Tories are probably less popular than Sir Fred Goodwin north of the border.

Cameron is said to be targeting 11 seats in Scotland, a target hardly likely to be achieved against the backdrop of a SNP-Labour tug of war. Added to this, 2010 is the first time in almost 20 years that a Conservative government are likely to hold power at Westminster; a factor which will most probably play largely on the minds of a population still resentful of the Thatcher era. The Labour vote will probably receive a boost in this regard and thus the Conservatives will feel the Scottish squeeze.

Cameron spoke in a manner which revealed he understands that he would be governing Scotland with a mandate delivered by England. The Herald suggested that four Scottish seats would be considered an achievement for the Old Etonian’s leadership. Who could argue? In 1997, no Tory MPs were returned to Scotland and the election of David Mundell as the only Scottish Tory MP since 1997 is hardly major progress. The battle for centre stage between the Nats and Labour certainly makes the Tory task a difficult one. If it is achieved however, it will rightly be considered a successful campaign.

Middle England is vital for Gordon Brown. Scotland is not for David Cameron. Even if the Conservatives were to lose their one MP, it would not matter a jot because the purpose of Cameron’s visit is not to appeal for Scottish votes. It was a demonstration that he accepts that Scotland do not want the Tories and they probably won’t do for a very long time.

A final thought:

“If Alex Salmond thinks a Conservative government is going to get in and run the United Kingdom in such as way that makes the argument for independence stronger, he has another think coming.”

It is also a ploy to initiate the constitutional question in Scotland in an attempt to distract voters from other issues which Labour may draw support from. Placing the Tories and Labour together on this question may drain some of the Labour vote.

Who said that a Tory visit to Scotland was a wasted trip?


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