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GG Posted 6th Nov 2011, 02:13pm
  Here's a part of the new Scottish Tory leaders's victory speech:
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... That commitment to opportunity for all is at the heart of my vision for the modern Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party.

At the last election, the constituency in which I stood contained parts of Hyndland and Springburn in Glasgow. These two areas might be close together geographically, but those who live there might as well be worlds apart. There is a seven-year difference in life expectancy across our largest city.

That is because a corrosive combination of crime, unemployment, ill health and poverty stands as a barrier to equal opportunity.

We must not fall into the trap of believing this cannot change. We should not stand idly by and concentrate our efforts only in those places where there is already strong Conservative support.

I will lead a party that reaches out to all Scots, young and old, and from all backgrounds. And we will get to grips with those barriers to equal opportunity and find radical and creative ways of knocking them down. We will bring forward ideas and policies that will ensure every child gets the best education possible.

In particular, we will develop the tools we need to fight youth unemployment, which has hit record levels. Young people face a dearth of opportunity. I will help change that. I will lead a party committed to ensuring everyone gets the start in life they deserve. ...

Like an increasing number of Labour politicians in the city, Ms Davidson is simply blaming the plight of poor Glaswegians on the personal choices they make in life.

Perhaps the new Scottish Tory leader should read this article from 2008:
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It's time to explode the victim-blaming myth around poverty; they deflect attention from the real causes

... Lenzie has been in the news this week. Few, if any, of the town's prosperous burghers are likely to have been overjoyed at the spotlight the World Health Organisation's report into life expectancy shone on their semi-rural idyll, where the town's menfolk live on average until the ripe old age of 82. Normally such longevity would be a cause for celebration were it not for the grotesque comparison with Calton – eight miles down the road but a world away – where male residents can expect to expire an incredible 28 years earlier, at just 54 years of age.

Having got the measure of Lenzie, I pointed my bike towards Glasgow's East End and my final destination, Calton. As you leave Lenzie, just before the Auchinloch Road leads you towards Stepps and then Glasgow, you can look across the fields and see the Red Road tower blocks in Springburn in the distance. From there on it is downhill all the way, both metaphorically and geographically. ...

If few dispute the scale of the problems Calton [and Springburn] faces, there is little consensus on solutions. Many, including John Dickie of the Child Poverty Action Group, see the remedy in primarily financial terms. "Poverty and inequality damage children's life chances," he said. "It's time to explode the victim-blaming myth around poverty and challenge the idea that families need to be pushed into work, change their lifestyles or take responsibility for their poverty. Such myths only serve to deflect attention away from the real causes of poverty and the stunted life chances that go with it – the low pay and lack of childcare that characterise our labour market; the unfair tax system that disproportionately takes more from those in poverty than those who can afford it, and the hopelessly inadequate benefits and tax credits safety net that leaves too many children impoverished. ...

Calton: 28 years later
http://www.scotsman.com/news/calton_28_years_later_1_1436872

GG.
tamhickey Posted 6th Nov 2011, 08:16am
  As long as she takes her orders from London she will be as irrelevant as Annabel Grannie knickers!
pumps100 Posted 5th Nov 2011, 04:51pm
 
QUOTE (GG @ 5th Nov 2011, 01:09pm) *
Ruth Davidson, who stood for the Tories in the Glasgow North East Westminster by-election in 2009, was yesterday elected leader of the Conservative Party in Scotland. In the by-election, Ms Davidson polled less than 2% of the Springburn electorate, 1,075 votes.

Scottish Conservatives elect gay leader
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-20...r--MSP-May.html

GG.

But Martin context is everything - if you and others can recall Ruth Davidson did quite a good job in the GNE by-election. She is a more than capable person and in my opinion without her the Tories would have perhaps lost their deposit. If you can mind back I was rooting for her to jump ship to the SNP because their candidate was useless.

Best wishes

Ian
GG Posted 5th Nov 2011, 12:43pm
  Ruth Davidson, who stood for the Tories in the Glasgow North East Westminster by-election in 2009, was yesterday elected leader of the Conservative Party in Scotland. In the by-election, Ms Davidson polled less than 2% of the Springburn electorate, 1,075 votes.

Scottish Conservatives elect gay leader
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-20...r--MSP-May.html

GG.
North Canalbank St Posted 26th Nov 2009, 09:41am
 
QUOTE (Paulk @ 26th Nov 2009, 03:06am) *
The fact that she is gay has no baring on whether or not she would be a good candidate ...... the fact she is a Tory on the other hand might have lol

I wish John Smeaton had been voted in ..... I agree he is probably the biggest clown to walk the streets of Glasgow but at least he is a decent working class Glasgow lad. More than can be said about the other 'clowns'

Your right, each to their own and all that, and being a gay women was never illegal in this country unlike being a gay man.
But being a gay woman tory candidate in Scotland was unknown in public until about 3 weeks ago.
Still, its 2009 and anybody that is that bothered, ie creepy wee Glesga Tories i remember in the 1970s, are probably dead.
Hardly to believe the tories had 7 out of 15 Glasgow seats until the 1960s.
So much for Red Clydeside.
Gay or Straight.
Paulk Posted 26th Nov 2009, 03:08am
  The fact that she is gay has no baring on whether or not she would be a good candidate ...... the fact she is a Tory on the other hand might have lol

I wish John Smeaton had been voted in ..... I agree he is probably the biggest clown to walk the streets of Glasgow but at least he is a decent working class Glasgow lad. More than can be said about the other 'clowns'
North Canalbank St Posted 14th Nov 2009, 10:35am
  Seems Queen Victoria did,nt believe there was such a thing as a Lesbian. Wonder if the leader of the Scottish Tory party holds the same view.
pumps100 Posted 14th Nov 2009, 08:31am
 
QUOTE (North Canalbank St @ 14th Nov 2009, 01:24am) *
Almost said a baw hair between her and the BNP but that would be just silly now, would,nt it.

Yes it would. The election is over. The people have spoken. I've got my money from the bookies. The end.

Lets move on.

Regards

Ian
tamhickey Posted 14th Nov 2009, 04:28am
  What I found to be discouraging about this campaign was the extremely low turnout of only 33 per cent of the electorate. l went into Springburn to vote yesterday and found that there were only two of the thirteen parties who had activists at Springburn Library. Neither of them were Labour men. I spoke to them both at length and could see just how bad a turnout it was going to be.
For anyone to claim that the voters were behind them no matter who won with this sort of turnout is living in cloud cookoo land. To think that 67 percent of voters in this area are so turned off by politics that they prefer not to bother is shocking, but not a surprise given the shenanegans at Verminster.
Personally, I think it's rather sad that this area can only look forward to more of the same. We deserve better.
North Canalbank St Posted 14th Nov 2009, 01:26am
 
QUOTE (FiddlerMig @ 5th Nov 2009, 07:01am) *
It is interesting to read folks views on the political scene in Scotland.
I have recently moved back to Scotland after about 43 years, and 30 of those years were spent living and working in England. So I have a bit of catching up to do, I have noticed that Scottish people are much more interested and switched on politically. Since returning to my homeland I have become interested in the SNP, and I know I have a bit of reading up to do and I shall keep informed as much as possible by reading this forum and reading the newspapers. I don't have a telly.
I am in favour of Independence for Scotland.
In my opinion, we need to steer well clear from the Labour party and and that awful Tory candidate , David Cameron with his fascist, power mad policies.

Just to let you know we have moved on since 43 years ago.

The wee tory lassie was quiet open about being a lesbian

Front page of the Pink News.

Almost said a baw hair between her and the BNP but that would be just silly now, would,nt it.
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