Dame Willie makes for an above Everage FMQs

I had never thought about Willie Rennie in a fuchsia twin-set, blue-rinse perm and diamante-studded glasses and I had hoped to keep it that way. Then, at First Minister’s Questions, the Lib Dem leader had to bring up the SNP’s efforts to revive Indyref 2 off the back of the Euro elections. ‘Nicola Sturgeon’s electionContinue reading “Dame Willie makes for an above Everage FMQs”

Like watching Perry Mason cross-examine a border collie

Nicola Sturgeon was not impressed. Her constitution minister was having some difficulty introducing her Indyref 2 (Sort Of) Bill to Holyrood. Mike Russell — he’s ‘Mike’ again, for those who keep track of such things — let forth his ham Shakespearean boom only for a whisper to flutter across the chamber. His microphone wasn’t onContinue reading “Like watching Perry Mason cross-examine a border collie”

Ruth opened her mouth and SNP jaws hit the floor

One of the joys of being in the European Union was that we didn’t have to take an interest in European politics. All those endless commissioners, directives and protocols could be benignly ignored. Now that we’re leaving — terms and conditions apply; always read the label — we have to pretend we understand qualified majorityContinue reading “Ruth opened her mouth and SNP jaws hit the floor”

An inconvenient Ruth: Next Tory leader will need Davidson on-side

Theresa May is expected to announce her resignation as Prime Minister sometime in June. Given her success rate on exit plans, she could still be in Downing Street three years from now, preparing to enter the latest round of negotiations with the removal men. However, assuming she manages an orderly Therexit, we can look forwardContinue reading “An inconvenient Ruth: Next Tory leader will need Davidson on-side”

Can Sturgeon survive the SNP’s uncivil war?

She heads a minority government with few achievements and leads a factional party frustrated by her failure to deliver their number one policy. She lost the governing majority she inherited and a raft of MPs after a lacklustre General Election campaign. No doubt she believes, like Margaret Thatcher before her, that she can ‘go onContinue reading “Can Sturgeon survive the SNP’s uncivil war?”

Scottish Labour is heading for extinction

When I read last week that Allan Massie had defected from Labour to the Tories, I was baffled. Scotland’s greatest living writer is no leftist; his fiery philippics against socialism once exploded from the pages of the Daily Mail. After retrieving my glasses, I was relieved to learn I had squinted an extra ‘L’. ItContinue reading “Scottish Labour is heading for extinction”

Ruth needs 2025 vision to win the keys to Bute House

Ruth Davidson is back, but is she ready for what lies ahead? On this question, the next two years of Scottish politics will hang. Davidson presented herself to the Tory conference in Aberdeen as a candidate to be the next First Minister. Now she must convince the voters and that isn’t going to be easy.Continue reading “Ruth needs 2025 vision to win the keys to Bute House”

Ruth bounces back with battle hymn of the Tigger mother

The Tories gathered yesterday in an Aberdeen battered by rain and hail, then Ruth Davidson bounded on stage and brought the sunshine. There was a spring in her step and she radiated the happy-tired glow of the new parent. And that smile — the grin that can light up a thousand cybernat accounts — flashedContinue reading “Ruth bounces back with battle hymn of the Tigger mother”

May’s conference speech was like a thin scrape of butter

There’s a kind of hush all over Tory conference. Bridge of Don is hardly the Vegas Strip but it is even more subdued this weekend for the presence of the Scottish Conservatives. Delegates — 500 or so by my count — milled around with all the joy of an IKEA husband on a Saturday afternoon.Continue reading “May’s conference speech was like a thin scrape of butter”