I could so become PM! Don’t be ridiculous!
From Ludo Thierry:
Despite the feverish early efforts of the meeja (especially in Scotland) to promote La Swinson (?LowJo) as the new Anointed One for the britnat cause in Scotland there has been precious little sign of any particular movement to date.
The main development of which I have become aware has been the defection of a solitary tory cooncillor and a solitary labour cooncillor to LowJo’s ragged regiment. Curiously, both these defections occurred in the South Lanarkshire Council which has a minority SNP administration. The britnat defections may well assist the SNP administration by diluting the opposition. Link and snippets below: Note the very warm welcome that LowJo’s Scotland branch manager Wee Wullie is offering to disaffected tories. Note also how the tories seem perfectly happy for their erstwhile member to go perch with LowJo’s merry band (all jolly good britnats together, what ho?). The labour group chap’s comments are rather less sanguine – one can almost sense the existential stress that he is observing within his struggling party’s Scotland branch office. (Guys like him really need to wise up – and seriously ask themselves why they are not finding themselves able to act in Scotland’s interests instead of always holding onto Nanny UK’s apron strings).
Tory councillor defects to Lib Dems with swipe at new PM Boris Johnson
Hamilton West & Earnock councillor Mark McGeever announced he was quitting the Tories on Mr Johnson’s first full day in office, arguing the party had “abandoned” the political centre ground and was looking for populist answers.
Tory voters and members disillusioned with the Boris Johnson-led Conservative Party “can find a comfortable home with the Liberal Democrats”, the Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie said following the defection.
A Scottish Conservative spokesman said: “Mark leaves with no hard feelings from us, and we wish him all the best for the future.”
A second South Lanarkshire councillor has defected to the Liberal Democrats.
Former Labour councillor Fiona Drybrugh (East Kilbride South) quit the party following shadow chancellor John McDonnell’s comments about a second independence referendum.
Reflecting on her decision, Cllr Dryburgh said: “My politics have not altered but the Labour Party has now moved to a place where I can no longer support them. I am vehemently opposed to Scottish independence and I firmly believe that Britain is better off in the EU.”
The leader of the Labour group in South Lanarkshire, Joe Fagan, said: “The Liberal Democrats are currently led by one of David Cameron’s Ministers from the coalition years. Jo Swinson helped the Tories impose austerity economics and rip up the welfare state as we know it. That is not the kind of government I want for our country and I don’t really think it’s the kind of government Fiona would want either.”
I think it has been clear since the start of her candidature for the party leadership that she and her backers had noted that the Tories were moving significantly to the right and were becoming increasingly xenophobic and were dominated by ‘money people’.
The Tories always represented money, but, there had always been a paternalistic, patriotic, charitable, humane, one-nation strand within the party and its supporters.. There is also a group who think that Brexit will be bad for business. It is these people who feel that the current Conservative Party has been captured by ‘entryists’ (to use a term often used in a Labour context. It is such people that Ms Swinson is seeking to represent.
While such people might well have some feeling for the ‘common good’, the ideas that Mr Corbyn represents is too much for them.
They also buy into the idea of GREAT Britain, rule Britannia, put out more flags, etc.
Thus Ms Swinson is anti-independence and a one-nation Tory.
Off topic, apologies. I had the perfect opportunity to use your quote from the Washington Post which attempts to define Scottish Nationalism. I used it in a response to the drivel spouted by the Tory who calls himself the Secretary of State for Scotland. I gave you credit at the beginning of the post John.
Thanks but I pinched it from somewhere – FAILED improper referencing.
Barton Swain, August 29th 2016 in the Washington Post.
I did notice you had not given the full reference for the quote. Naughty boy.
Forgot to mention, it was in today’s National.
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Interesting to see that Cleggie has taken on the Courier editorship (from October). No idea what to make of that development so I won’t try and second guess it. Interesting nonetheless. Link and snippet below:
A regional daily’s former political editor has returned to take up its top job.
DC Thomson has announced the appointment of David Clegg as editor of Dundee-based daily The Courier, a role he will take up when incumbent Catriona MacInnes retires in the autumn.
David previously had served as The Courier’s political editor until 2012, and currently works as assistant editor at the Glasgow-based Daily Record.
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Is he now two jobs Clegg as he is also deputy editor of the Daily Repugnant ? .