It’s become an instant certainty that a Boris elevation to Number 10 would prove a major boost to the cause of independence. It probably would given that he’s a racist liar with a track record of saying a lot of offensive things about Scots and Scotland.
“A pound spent in Croydon is far more value to the country…than a pound spent in Strathclyde”
I suspect Boris Johnson will be asked about this claim during his leadership bid pic.twitter.com/ECtzrcQxe9
— Paul Hutcheon (@paulhutcheon) May 28, 2019
This isn’t just a ‘Boris Gaff’ but a serious proposal and threat. The list of nasty stupid things Boris has said is long, and this is hardly the worst of them, but it would be a complete misjudgement to isolate him and give the others a free run.
Sajid Javid has two heroes: Margaret Thatcher and Ayn Rand.
During his time as Energy Minister, Matt Hancock was criticised for hiring a private jet to fly back from Aberdeen to London after signing a deal on climate change with the President of Mexico. It also been revealed that Hancock had taken donations from Neil Record, a funder of the UK’s leading climate science denial lobby group, the Global Warming Policy Foundation.
Rory Stewart is a posh ex-spook and amateur cairn enthusiast. Roderick James Nugent Stewart OBE MP FRSL FRSGS was educate at the Dragon School in Oxford and Eton College and was the former private tutor to Prince William and Harry. Many will remember his Auld Aquaintance Cairn which Stewart, hoped would be “a lasting marker of our union, something that future generations will look back at and remember, with deep gratitude, the moment we chose to stay together”. The cairn was celebrated by many distinguished supporters of the Union: the explorer Ranulph Fiennes; the historians Simon Schama, David Starkey, Antony Beevor and Max Hastings; the philosopher AC Grayling; and Joanna Lumley.
I don’t know who Antony Beevor is either.
With a Tory party baying for Remainer / foreigner blood, Stewart is about as likely to win the Conservative leadership as I am, and in a crowded field Rory is probably the least offensive of the gaggle. But he’s not the only one running on an improbable “unity” ticket.
Today the BBC’s political correspondent Iain Watson quotes Michael Gove speaking to the Policy Exchange think-tank on the 21 May arguing that Brexit has strengthened the union. Gove argued that support for Scottish independence was down and support for the Scottish Conservatives was up.
This is simply not true. As Michael Russel points out: “Unsurprisingly this assertion just isn’t true. In fact the Conservatives in Scotland have just had their worst result since 1865 , Ruth Davidson MSP has lost every national election in which she has led the Tories and support for independence is up on 2014 result.”
Gove is running on a “unity ticket” to distinguish himself from Bad BoJo. But if anyone for a second thought that Gove was less objectionable than Johnson, it’s worth watching and sharing this extraordinary exercise in self-hatred …
No, we mustn’t have this on a loop, no no no, endless retweets, unfair, unfair: pic.twitter.com/OoWYhFMLEe
— Pat Kane (@thoughtland) May 27, 2019
“Most Scots in London are in the London Underground begging.”
“A Scot rarely opens his mouth in parliament without simultaneously extending an outstretched palm.”
As Gove tries to self-decontaminate himself whilst also reaching out to the Brexit wing of his party, we should be reminded of these views. The difference between Boris and Gove is negligible.