"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Friday, 22 January 2010

'Scotland Will Do As It's Told' Says Scottish Tory Leader

Annabel Goldie, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, told her audience at the Royal College of Surgeons last night that a tory victory at the general election would give her party a mandate to govern in Scotland regardless of how many seats it won here.

She emphasised that winning seats here was not a prerequisite for a mandate to govern, as the Westminster election was British, not Scottish.

"Let me nail this nonsense now. This is a British general election, to elect a British government and a British prime minister. People in Scotland want devolution, but they also want to be part of Britain, and that means they want to be part of the Westminster democratic process.

"Whatever happens at this British general election, whoever wins, unionism will beat nationalism in Scotland."

She said it was "predictable" that the SNP, with its "obsession for independence", would claim the Tories had no mandate in Scotland. But, significantly, she also appealed to Labour not to return to its "nationalism with a small n" of the 1980s and 1990s, which, she argued, damaged the United Kingdom.

"I ask Labour what is more important to them – the short-term future of the Labour Party or the long-term future of the United Kingdom?"

Strong stuff Ms Goldie and I think we understand. One or two tory MPs, maybe a couple more, and Scotland has to do David Cameron's bidding should the conservatives win the Westminster election. I don't think so.

Angus Robertson, the SNP's Westminster leader, said, "For Annabel Goldie to say that the way Scotland votes in a general election doesn't matter shows the tories up in their old anti-Scottish colours. It is a return to their North British roots - which was out of time decades ago - and will be enormously damaging to them in the election campaign."

Don't say you haven't been warned Ms Goldie.


  1. I think Golda has been subject to a micro meteor strike.

  2. Hi Incoming, is that a joke about Meier? There's something in Goldie's manner reminiscent of an over-bearing school-ma'am - she shouldn't be hectoring or, as SR says, parroting the Party line from the UK Parliament in Westminster.

    The SNP seem to forget that the SNP is only in office in Scotland as a devolved Executive. The government of the whole UK sits in London and though I wish them well in their right to self-determination, I wish they'd stop blaming England for their ills.


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