Ruth Davidson continues to split the Tories over the Winter Fuel Allowance and may damage their vote, hopefully.

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Here’s the Daily Express headline:

‘What is good in England is not in Scotland’ Davidson refuses to back May over winter fuel

Based on a Sky News interview, the Express report hits home effectively with comments like these:

Amid Conservatives’ slump in the polls, Ruth Davidson distanced herself from the policies, saying Scotland is exempt from the cutbacks.

The Scottish politician said she disagreed with the Prime Minister on a number of issues “behind closed doors” before insisting “we are keeping winter fuel allowance”.

Despite the controversial cuts in England Wales, all pensioners in Scotland will continue to receive the payments because the SNP-led government wants to keep them.

In a veiled attack on Mrs May’s policies, Mrs Davidson remained adamant: “This is something we have control of in Scotland and my colleagues down south decided, and it is absolutely right and proper that they should, that they would means-test winter fuel payments.

[See this: http://reidfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/The-Case-for-Universalism.pdf%5D

She then said Theresa May had “absolutely” got some policies wrong – without revealing specific details. 

For once, I hope the Express article got as much attention as possible. This can only help defeat the Tories. Ruth may think it will protect the Tory vote in Scotland but my previous piece suggests not as yesterday’s Opinium poll sees them fall behind Labour in Scotland

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/810270/Ruth-Davidson-Westminster-Tories-winter-fuel-cuts-poll-drop

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10 thoughts on “Ruth Davidson continues to split the Tories over the Winter Fuel Allowance and may damage their vote, hopefully.

  1. macgilleleabhar May 29, 2017 / 9:12 am

    Ruth Davidson looks to be riding two horses bearing down on a fork in the road.
    The polls suggest that she will have to choose between serving the people of Scotland or the UK establishment quite soon.
    I would prefer she chose the latter.

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  2. Finnmacollie May 29, 2017 / 9:40 am

    In a veiled attack on Mrs May’s policies, Mrs Davidson remained adamant: “This is something we have control of in Scotland and my colleagues down south decided, and it is absolutely right and proper that they should, that they would means-test winter fuel payments

    Is it not received wisdom now that means testing costs more to administer than universal benefits? And who is this “we” to whom she refers?

    Sorry I forgot it was the tories that won not only the Scottish election but also the local authority election.

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  3. TheStrach May 29, 2017 / 4:50 pm

    I didn’t realise Ruth had joined the SNP led Scottish Government. She really has no shame.

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  4. Clydebuilt May 30, 2017 / 8:32 am

    Better be carefull she doesnay burst her pants……

    Tell you what’s bursting my Heid, listenning to Kaye Adams trying to get people to run down Nicola’s Baby Box,

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  5. Clydebuilt May 30, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    It’s 9 days to the GE. and once again MacWhirter turns out articles pushing negative prospects for the SNP.
    After the election see how quickly he does a 180 and his positivity for the party returns.

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