Well we know Tories are sanguine about most things. See these two selections of synonyms from the Merriam-Webster thesaurus:
You’ve only got to look at their history of foreign policy initiatives like bombing Libya or domestic ones like the Bedroom Tax. No, I’m not giving it inverted commas.
For once, we can welcome their sanguinity after a survey of Tory activists led by Professor John Denham, Director of the University of Winchester, Centre for English Identity and Politics, enabled him to feel able to say:
‘Even allowing for the self-selection of respondents to this survey, it is likely to provide a fair reflection of the broad views of Conservative activists. It is striking how few Conservative activists display a whole-hearted commitment to the Union and to the retention of Scotland within it.’
I think I knew they hated us. I couldn’t be happier. Here are the main conclusions from the survey:
- Fewer than a third of Conservative activists believe that the loss of Scotland would cause ‘serious damage’ to the rest of the UK, while over two-thirds would not want Theresa May to offer any new financial or policy powers to the Scottish government in the event of a second referendum.
- 73% of English Conservative activists believe that the devolution settlement since 1999 has been ‘harmful for England’
- Nearly a third of English activists would welcome the break-up of the Union as ‘an end to unreasonable demands on England to provide ever greater financial and political concessions to Scotland’: as many as believe the break up would do serious damage
- 16 per cent of English activists believe the break-up would have no real significance for the rest of the UK, while a further 23 per cent believe any problems could be manageable.
- When asked if the UK Government should offer the Scottish government further financial support, policy powers or involvement in foreign policy in the course of a referendum campaign, 68 per cent of English respondents would rule out any further powers; 28 per cent would support further policy devolution, and less than four per cent would support either further financial support or involvement in foreign policy.
Add the figures from points 1 and 4 and you get a figure of up to 69% who want us out, couldn’t ‘give a’ or think it’d be no hardship for them. Some Tory activists must be the MPs of the future.