The Scottish Conservatives have a new leader – Douglas Ross, who was elected unopposed by party members.
This seems a very odd thing for them to do.
Consider the evidence in the video below – which I know was created by a supporter of the SNP. Try to ignore the party political message and concentrate on what this says about the person:
Who is the latest ScotTories leader Douglas Ross? pic.twitter.com/RzH5txGTvZ
— Phantom Power (@PhantomPower14) August 5, 2020
The ‘dark money’ claim seems accurate, as the Scottish Unionist Association Trust did support Ross, and did not declare donations and contributions to political campaigns properly to the Electoral Commission. As a result, SUAT was fined £1,300.
His voting record speaks for itself and seems extremely, traditionally, Tory – supporting central government, hammering the NHS and minorities.
But he seems confused: his discussion of rural broadband, ATM closures and unfair postal charges challenged his own party directly, and his votes against equal marriage and equal gay rights ran against party policy.
Also, his claim that refereeing football matches would not interfere with his Parliamentary responsibilities – and his subsequent trip to Barcelona instead of voting on a Welfare Bill – is well-documented.
Let’s look a little closer at his attitude to travellers:
See what Douglas Ross says below
Imagine he had said
Any minority group
Would have been end of his career, quite possibly
The prejudice against Gypsies and Travellers is “acceptable” in some quarters which call themselves “respectable”. https://t.co/p9KySJP7zD
— Tom London (@TomLondon6) August 5, 2020
Tom London’s point is a good one. He doesn’t want tougher enforcement against a particular aspect of travellers’ behaviour that the public may find objectionable; he just wants enforcement against them because they are travellers.
So it is right to ask how people would have felt if Ross had been speaking about Jews, Blacks, Muslims, gay people or any other minority group.
And this is the Scottish Tory choice as leader of their party…
A man who opposes his party as much as he supports it, with a reputation for prejudice against a minority group for no reason other than that it exists, and who prefers to run off and referee football matches rather than representing his electorate.
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