The State of the Parties – Scottish Tories


My post on Scottish Labour had a bit of a negative conclusion – that they had a couple of deep-rooted problems that as a party they don’t look like they’ve identified – but compared to that post, this will be the very epitome of doom & gloom.  The future of the Scottish Tories?  What future?

I’ll be honest, I was a little more optimistic about the Scottish Tories after the announcement there would be a leadership contest (though I called some of the names wrongly…) in June.  I thought that a youthful ticket of John Lamont (who ended up not standing) and Ruth Davidson as deputy would help the party appeal to a younger, post-Thatcher generation.  I still thought that Murdo Fraser would win at that point, and even that would have been a good outcome, since (even without his “abolish the party and start afresh” idea, his positioning vis-a-vis devolution would have given the party more relevance.  But with Ruth Davidson as leader, I can’t see the party moving forward – and, indeed, I suspect they’ll be back in this position, looking for a new leader, within 18 months.

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The State of the Parties – Scottish Labour


It is probably quite unfair to consider the state of Scottish Labour while they are in the middle of a leadership election…  and yet it is partly because they are in such a situation that looking at the party is so interesting.  And the verdict – at least from this outsider – isn’t good.

Truth be told, I think the Scottish Labour Party are in a worse position than the Scottish Liberal Democrats.  And that’s saying something.

It might be saying something crazy, especially since a party which saw 41 MPs elected 18 months ago appears (on the surface at least) to be in a much healthier position than one which saw their representation at Holyrood reduced to just five.  But bear with me.


The Return of the Malc


And yes, I know I’ve used that title before…

This blogging lark started out on “Malc in the Burgh” when I worked at Holyrood and missed writing.  When I got fed up, Jeff, James and I started a new venture and Better Nation was born.  The latter is still going, with new editors on board, but for me it began to feel a bit like a chore.  Not because of the people, I hasten to add, but just because writing as part of a group there feels like there’s more pressure to write stuff, and I was too busy to give it my full attention.  And though I still have a thesis to finish, I missed writing about other things, the half hour considerations of the news etc.  So I decided to start afresh on my own.  And this is the result.

Thinking Unpopular Thoughts.  Which makes sense to me, since a lot of the time I end up on a side of political debate which tends not to be that popular.  And justified by the Plato quote underneath, arguing that just because something is a majority opinion doesn’t mean it is correct.  And abbreviated to TUT, which is probably what a lot of you will think when reading my thoughts…

I don’t know how frequent, or how good, the writing will be.  It may fizzle out, it may go with a bang, but I just wanted my own space again.  So – here it is.  Happy for you to comment, argue, debate and discuss.  Just don’t be mean.  Or call me names.

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