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Sunday, 29 November 2009

A separate Conservative Party for Scotland is a good start

The Sunday Herald leads with a piece reporting the pressure on Cameron to allow Scots Tories to break away to form their own party; the Scots haven't taken to either Cameron or Annabel Goldie, and why should they?

I'm all for this. Scotland is an ancient nation with its own laws and legal system, and its own Parliament. Our union at the level of the Realm - with a common defence and foreign affairs structure - doesn't mean that we should seek homogeneity in everything else. And whilst the number of Scots MPs sitting at Westminster should undoubtedly decrease substantially, this should be balanced by a flowering of a particularly Scots culture of politics in which there is a gaping vacuum for a right of centre party divorced from Thatcher's memory.

Likewise in the province of Northern Ireland. I've never agreed with the 'Unionist' part of the Conservative Party; in less time than we may imagine, a popular majority in the Province will return it to the Republic. My dearest wish is that Ireland will then join the Commonwealth in recognition of the strong bonds between us. There is no place in a Tory party for a faction that will seek to cling to the Province against the wishes of a majority of its people.

And why then not a separate but affiliated Tory Party for Anglia? If the Turnip Taliban and Suffolk Swedes are more popular locally than Cameron's metrosexuals with the region's 3m population why not a separate party?

We are truly entering a time of radical change in British politics - a time in which almost anything is possible. To imagine that the hollow and dying incumbent parties can continue in their present forms is truly naive. The three incumbent parties have a combined membership of less than 1% of the electorate, and rely on corrupt finance from foreign governments to stay in power. The lesson the Conservatives must learn is clear

Decentralise or Die.


Anonymous said...

Timed the day before the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty (aka EU Constitution) is the SNP's announcement of a referendum on Scottish Independence. Complete independence from the UK, just within the EU.

As part of the other half of the Union, I think that the English should all be entitled to a vote on the matter of Scottish Independence. Lets throw the perishers out, and have done with it.

Then they can have their political parties, and any other party they like as well. The only slight snag is that all the subsidies we currently give the Scots will instead have to go via Brussels so that the EU can make its additional administrative deductions, and so that a bit can get lost to the corruption on the way.

Costello said...

"a popular majority in the Province will return it to the Republic."

Perhaps i'm being a bit pedantic here but be careful with your wording old chap. The Province has never been a part of the Republic. It was the the South which broke away from the North (and the rest of the UK) after all and not vice versa.

Anonymous said...

Yokel certainly lives up to his name.

Thomas Byrne said...

On account of what, pandering to the nationalists?

Anonymous said...

It would really be helpful if you knew what you were talking about.

The chance on the people in NI voting to leave the UK is a little above zero and will remain so.

DC has made it clear he will work to preserve the Union in all circumstances up to a majority at he ballot box wishing to leave the UK.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

Now if the Scots were actually voting on independence then I'd be out there canvassing.

But as in fact they are voting on just being a different sort of province of the EU, I really can't see the point.