(Nearly missed this one!)
Heavens above – I’ve just seen that dear auld (Baroness) Annabel Goldie has been promoted (resurrected??) from acting as a tory whip in the H o L to one of the ministers at the Ministry of War. Will this mean that her former head prefect at the ‘Scottish’ tories Col. Davidson will finally be awarded her Territorial Decoration at long last?
Annabel must be loving it – She’ll be remembering when her 2nd conference as ‘Scottish’ tory leader in 2007 was (from wicki) “.. overshadowed by a leaked memo by David Mundell, the only Scottish Conservative MP in the British House of Commons, and Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, in which he criticised Goldie’s leadership.” What is it the Italians tell us about revenge being a sweeter dish when served cold?
The ‘Welsh’ tories seem to act wi’ a tad mair dignity – The Baron Bourne (Nick Bourne as was – who led the tories in the National Assembly of Wales for some years) was also offered a job by Boris the Last – but , unlike The Baroness Goldie, Nick Bourne retained sufficient self-respect and attachment to the European Ideal to tell the blond mop-top that he could take his job and shove it where the sun still don’t shine. Link and snippets below:
Nick Bourne has resigned from Boris Johnson’s government in protest at the prospect of a no-deal Brexit.
Lord Bourne, who had been a minister at the Wales Office and at the Housing Communities and Local Government department, said he had been asked to continue in both roles.
He said it is the first time he has resigned “in his life”.
Lord Bourne was leader of the Conservatives in the assembly between 1999-2011.
He tweeted: “I have resigned for the first time in my life and it is from a job which I really love and enjoy and which I had just been offered once more”.
“But I cannot accept a no deal on 31 October and so I go,” he added.
PS – Anybody else remember hearing a load of guff from beeb Scotland (and many others) regarding the Rt. Hon. Col. Davidson MSP, PC, BBC (and, doubtless soon to be TD – “grazia Annabel”) having a standing invite to attend the Westminster Cabinet? – Seems like Johnson was utterly unaware of this as no sign of Col. Davidson at the photo-fest of King BoJo’s first cabinet. Further evidence of The Col’s rapid and escalating fall fae grace perchance?
Not a fuck was given.
Aye, Ludo, and on top of all that I just read a report that Boris Johnson has appointed Robin Walker, the MP for Worcester, as Minister of State at the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland.
Hope Ruth enjoys reporting to her new boss. He’s sure to pass on her words of wisdom to Boris (once they’ve been translated for him).
Here in Worcester for a few days at my daughters, when the earth-shattering news about their MP broke. Two points: Robin Walker appears to have a very low profile among his ain folk, few seem to even know his name. Scotland seems a long, long way from the conscienceness of people here. I suspect it’s in constituencies like this, where Tories and Labour members couldn’t give a XXXX about independence. Robin Walker–who? Scotland–where?
Walker himself is the epitome of a constituency MP. Caring about local trains; Worcester rugby but it’s county cricket that seems his main interest.
He voiced a Unionist viewpoint in 2014, finding pro-independence Scots “sinister”.
Brexiteers, by contrast, are hunky dory. The normal Brit nat hypocrisy!