Ross Thomson is first Ratory to leave
Think about it. Judging by all the opinion polls recently, Steven Kerr MP for Stirling is a man who, like all his colleagues, would struggle to come third in his own constituency in any quick election. The UN has compared his party’s welfare reforms to a version of a Victorian workhouse! They face wipe-out in the EU elections because of their Brexit chaos. His leader had just resigned in self-pitying tears. The Cabinet has seen 36 resignations! His Scottish leader has done a u-turn on further referendums, has supported the DUP deal against her own LGBT convictions, and seems ready to work with the awful Boris.
So here we have Stirling MP, Steven Kerr, in the Good Morning Scotland hot seat. This will be good. Hayley or Laura (I can’t tell which) will have him for breakfast. They have so many inroads there and they’re renowned for their sharp, exasperated interruptions.
No, she ignores all of these opportunities and opens by asking him why his published view that the Scottish Tories ‘should loosen ties with their colleagues down south’ is the ‘way ahead for the Scottish Conservatives?’
He tells the most enormous fib: ‘The Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party is to a very large extent already a discrete organisation, its own political party. I mean no one can surely imagine Ruth Davidson taking orders from anyone in London for example.’
This will be the Ruth Davidson whose MPs who clearly do not consider her to be their leader, who utterly ignore her views and who was ordered by the PM to accept the DUP deal despite their hostility to gays and to same-sex marriage, including her own presumably?
Surely, she has him now? But no, she just accepts it.
‘Dear listeners please do not confuse your lovely local unionists with the nasty party down south. BBC Scotland recommends this new clean (Well apart from that one who…) party to, especially, older voters.’
She goes have quite a go but it’s a decoy strategy appearing to attack him on his apparent acceptance of Boris, but we all know it won’t stick beyond this morning. Why didn’t she probe him on all the many problems the party has now, before Boris is anywhere near power? Well that might actually weaken them and without Labour, the state broadcaster has nowhere else to go..