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Ruth Davidson’s party has seen a number of candidates criticised for their comments.
This Writer is no fan of Nicola Sturgeon – but I would never advocate the application of “a cattle prod up her nether region,” as is alleged of Scottish Conservative Ken MacBrayne in the article quoted below.
Anyone reading – or hearing – such a comment can easily tell that it is not only sexist and misogynist but actively threatening to a named individual.
Contrast that with the comment by Clive Lewis, about which the right-wing news media have been crowing throughout the weekend. While it was certainly offensive (and Mr Lewis has apologised), it was made in jest with no offence intended, to a man, and nobody female who was at the event has come forward to say they took offence.
Yet Conservatives (and some others) are directing their outrage at Mr Lewis, and not Mr MacBrayne.
If this seems remotely reasonable to you, I would strongly advise you to reconsider your own attitudes.
Tory MP Nusrat Ghani has said she will call for an urgent debate on the words spoken by Mr Lewis, and I repeat my desire for her to do so.
Then we can all enjoy the spectacle as the Conservatives are forced to explain why they think Mr Lewis deserves to be pilloried but Mr MacBrayne does not. I’m buying popcorn.
Ruth Davidson’s Scottish Tories have been rocked by yet another scandal after a council candidate was forced to apologise for xenophobic remarks.
Now at least SEVEN of the party’s candidates have found themselves making recent headlines for all the wrong reasons.
In a now deleted tweet, Todd Ferguson, a Tory candidate in Dalry and West Kilbride in North Ayrshire seemed to suggest the views of his SNP rival were irrelevant as she comes from Holland.
“I asked the local #SNP candidate why they supported the break up of the UK, being Dutch. The answer I got was that her partner is Scottish,” he said.
He then followed it up with another tweet saying: “Perhaps she forgot Market Garden”, a reference to an allied military operation in the Second World War, where large swathes of Holland were liberated from the Nazis.
After The National alerted Scottish Tory HQ to the tweet, Ferguson deleted the comment, and posted an apology saying: “I sincerely apologise for a recent tweet of mine that may have caused offence. The tweet in question has since been deleted.”
Ferguson is far from the only Tory who has caused concerns. Ken MacBrayne, a candidate for the Tories in Benbecula, was suspended after party bosses were alerted to a series of vile comments about Nicola Sturgeon on his social media.
The 72-year-old described the SNP leader as a “stupid little cretin” and a “silly wee cow”.
He also asked: “Why can’t someone stick a cattle prod up her nether region?”
His Facebook also contains a series of anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant entries, including a string of posts by extremists Britain First – one warning of a religious war in the UK and Europe.
Roxana Iancu, the party’s candidate in Glasgow Govan, home to Scotland’s biggest mosque, called for German Chancellor Angela Merkel to be hanged for her pro-Islam politics.
Candidate George McIntyre told Muslims concerned about gelatine in flu inoculations to “shut your whinging [sic] mouths, no wonder people get sick to the back teeth of you! If you are that way minded go and live in a Muslim country where you do not get any free preventive medication.
“Oh but you won’t do that will you…. ungrateful baskets I’m sick to the back teeth of them.”
Ruth Davidson: ‘We have to ask whether the target continues to be the right one’ [Image: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images].
No, I’m not turning into a Tory – and Ruth Davidson would not be among my favourites even if I was.
But she is right to question Theresa May’s immigration target, because its inclusion of students skews the numbers out of proportion.
These are not people who have moved to the UK to start a new life. In fact, they don’t intend to stay here longer than it takes to get their qualification. Some may wish to stay, but most won’t.
So it is pointless to include them in immigration statistics – unless the aim is to inflate those statistics artificially in order to create a false sense of alarm in the indigenous population, thereby boosting support for Brexit.
Now, who could possibly want to do that?
A split at the top of the Conservatives on immigration policy has emerged after the Scottish Tory leader, Ruth Davidson, called on the government to consider scrapping its target of reducing the number of new arrivals to tens of thousands a year.
Davidson, who is on the liberal wing of the party, has previously defended the “tens of thousands” target pledged by David Cameron before the 2010 election, which has never been hit.
But writing in the Telegraph, she said: “By 2010, pollsters reported that immigration was consistently a top concern to voters. Since then, of course, the British government has failed to hit its self-imposed ‘tens of thousands’ target in any year.
“Brexit is a big reset button and should – in theory – make that much easier to do so. But we have to ask whether the target continues to be the right one.”
Davidson also called for No 10 to think about taking students out of the official immigration statistics.
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