Tuesday, September 06, 2011
I can see why Tory split idea makes sense to Murdo Fraser, even if it is daft for the rest of us
Well, Murdo Fraser has had more publicity than he's ever had in his life over the past 3 days with his controversial plan to kill off the Tory Party in Scotland, and create another party whose MPs would vote with the Tories in the House of Commons. Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose, as they say.
It's an idea that was made for mockery.
The very idea that the opposition parties will allow the idea that the new party would be full of peace and happiness and exciting new things and fluffity bunnikins with none of the baggage of the past is crazy. The Tories can run, but they can't hide from what Margaret Thatcher did to Scotland in the 80s. The only reason that they are not pursuing such disastrous policies in office now is because there are Liberal Democrats in that Government from Nick Clegg down taking the sting out of them. A recovery plan for the economy that includes the whole of the country and not just the south of England is a key Lib Dem priority.
But I get why Murdo thinks it'll work. In the 80s, I was on the SRC at Aberdeen University with him. He didn't sit as an official Conservative, but either as an Independent or an Independent Conservative, I can't remember which. The reason for that was because the Federation of Conservative Students at that time were a particularly nasty bunch of bigots. In Aberdeen, they ran a "Students against Sodomy" campaign and they were pure poison. They were even too much for Norman Tebbit to deal with so he disbanded them in 1986.
Murdo therefore has experience of distancing himself from elements in his party so you can kind of see how he's drawing on what he learned then. He was able to function as a reasonably well respected member of the student body. Thing is, although he totally opposed the horrid views of FCS, he was happy to support the damage the Tories were wreaking at that time. He may want to distance himself from it now, but he cheerleaded for it then.
Just a short observation for a Tuesday morning.