I watched last nights latest BBC Scotland hate fest masquerading as a Leaders Debate and one of the things that stood out, other than the usual 80/20 audience bias, was Ruth Davidson.
Now Ruth is vying for second place with the vote Ruth Davidson for holding the Government to account or such like nonsense campaign. But last night, when put under pressure, the veneer slipped and what you saw was the nasty part of Ruth, oh she does well hiding it. With the help of the compliant media in Scotland if you didn’t know better you would be hard pushed to know she is a Tory, but last night the mask slipped.
Papers like the Herald have worked really hard to portray her as more nice than nasty, positive coverage, lengthy discourse about how wonderful she is, they even go as far as talking about her relationship (which matters not in todays politics to try to paint the picture of someone who is not a Tory). But she is.
Last night when pushed on the start date for work on the Clyde, her refusal to answer the question resulted in the mask well and truly slipping, she got redder, she got angrier, she got louder. She didn’t like it, that Nicola Sturgeon is doing the Medias job is bad enough, but last night if looks could kill we would be looking for a new First Minister today.
Ruth Davidson laughed about the cuts to disability payments on Radio Scotland. Ruth Davidson wants to bring in tuition fees for Scottish Students, Ruth Davidson wants to bring back Prescription Charges, a tax on the poor. Ruth Davidson supports the renewal of Trident, cuts to Tax Credits, the Bedroom Tax. Ruth Davidson will never allow another referendum even if the majority of people demand one.
Ruth Davidson worked briefly as a reporter after University, spent three years as a Territorial Army Soldier then returned to University before joining the Conservatives. She then worked for Annabel Goldie for a year before losing a bye election in 2009, coming third and then losing again in 2010 coming fourth to Willie Bain and that takes some doing. Ruth was then placed second on the list for Glasgow and only won because Malcolm Macaskill was de-selected due to his business dealings. Ruth Davidson is sadly what too many politicians are in Scotland, a product of the party system.
Ruth Davidson is hardly qualified to be an MSP let alone First Minster, I am not for having politicians with no real experience elected from any party, but Ruth really is more nasty than nice and we saw that last night in the non-debate. When the veneer slipped last night the real Conservative started to show. Ruth moved on the list from Glasgow to Edinburgh, because she lives in Edinburgh, not because she was at risk of not winning in Glasgow of course, but lets hope that what ever happens on Thursday that Ruth Davidson has no success and does not form a part of any opposition.
A Tory is still a Tory in all of their nasty, horrible view of the world and Ruth Davidson is up there with the best of them.