If you asked me who was without doubt the most arrogant, deluded , self serving politician in Scotland. My answer would not be our First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Nor would it be her predecessor predecessor and the man unionists love to hate Alex Salmond. Labour leader Kezia Dugdale is another who will be glad to know she failed to win this most unwanted title as did the Liberal Democrats Scottish leader Willie Rennie or the Tory Party’s Secretary for Scotland in a state and before you ask I did get that job description the right way round especially when you consider the occupant of it is one David Mundell. If you had given me the last answer however, you would be getting a lot closer as to who I believe holds this title. You see I believe the most arrogant and deluded politician in Scotland is the leader of the Scottish Conservative group at Holyrood Ruth Davidson.
Yes I have surprised you haven’t I ? Well not if your a regular reader of this blog I haven’t. I have never believed that Ruth is anywhere near as talented as she likes to think , unless you measure talent by the size of your ego rather than your intellect or how many sycophantic friends you have in the UK Press And Media.
Ever since the beginning of the indeprndence referendum campaign there has been a concerted effort by those sympathetic to the unionist view to remould and detoxify the previously toxic Tory brand in Scotland and slowly but surely we saw the Tories who many of us regardless of our position on the constitutional position thought were on the edge not only of mainstream political thought but also of normality brought back in to our political discourse and in Ruth Davidson the British establishment created the toy that no-one even thought possible the cuddly Tory and some people began to take that toy on trial.
During the referendum Davidson won a reputation as a feisty debater who wasn’t afraid to make she believed was a positive case for the UK and Scotland’s place in the union. However, it was in the aftermath of the referendum that Opperation Ruth really got under way as she positioned herself as the self styled saviour of the union. The fact that Davidson was able to achieve this was due in no small part to the collapse of the Labour Party due to their vote being more pro independence than the leadership of the Scottish party ever believed possible. This in Ruth’s world meant that Labour and the Liberal Democrats would at some time have to be open to greater powers for the Scottish Parliament or even embrace independence from the UK. To her this was completely unacceptable and she was going to tell us this and make sure we got the message
Helped at every opportunity by her friends in the press Davidson was given a very easy ride and was left to attack the Scottish Government at every available chance. It was becoming more obvious by the day that the cuddly conservative had now become the cuddly unionist and was allowed to campaign in every recent election be it Council, Scottish , and Westminster on only one issue namely her opposition to what she described as a second divisive independence referendum.
The fact that both the Labour Party and Liberal Democrats also ran on this campaign was absolutely shocking but proof if any were needed that it was Davidson who had framed the unionist debate in post referendum Scotland. As someone who got politically active as a twenty something during the Thatcher Years I have to admit it caused me very real and genuine concern that nobody seemed to mention the fact she was a Tory least of all Davidson herself . Indeed in the 2016 Scottish Parliamentary Elections one could have been forgiven for thinking that the Scottish Conservative And Unionist Party had been renamed the Ruth Davidson Party so absent were the words Conservative, or Tory from her campaign literature.
With her unexpected success in replacing The Labour Party as the main opposition party at Holyrood Davidson began to display the first signs of the arrogance which will eventually destroy her by claiming that she was now leader of the official opposition to the SNP government of Nicola Sturgeon despite the fact there is no such title for the opposition in Holyrood.
As if this wasn’t enough she then boasted despite her party being comprehensively destroyed in the constituency vote by the SNP that she was the slayer of nationalists when campaigning for the UK to remain in the European Union. In any other country in the world this would have been hailed as a sign of politician losing their mind but in unionist Scotland, it was hailed as a sign of a stateswoman and it was no surprise that she won the Herald Politician Of The Year award a decision I thought was absolutely laughable.
Since then the press and media have continued talk up Ruth Davidson as the voice of mainstream political unionism in Scotland and her party’s recent electoral success in gaining 13 seats at the UK General Election will no doubt be used as further evidence of that claim. This is all very well but there are I think a couple of fatal flaws in this argument. The first came at the end of March during the debate in the Scottish Parliament on whether or not to hold a second independence referendum when Ruth showed her temper by attempting to tell First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to sit down. This was bullying pure and simple and it far from being a stateswoman Davidson was no more than a petulant child in a job which demands more talents than she has in her locker.
The second flaw was shown during the live TV election debates when the mask of the cuddly unionist began to slip as she was grilled on the controversial rape clause legislation and again her temper began to show a very ugly side to her personality.
It was however in a one to one interview that the bold Ruth showed how deluded she was when she claimed that the SNP did not win last year’s Scottish Elections. This and her recent posting of a picture of a supermodel on the Twitter social networking site show a politician who is slowly but steadily embarking on a journey to political decline and her hubris will be the death of a political career which was built on a house of sand. The halo of the ultimate selfservative has slowly started to slip and it is only a matter of time before it completes its downward journey and I look forward to the inevitable crash.
Till next time