I wouldn’t normally tend to endorse any of the candidates for the leadership of the Tory party – they all seem pretty dire to me. I was, though, struck by something that ‘the Saj’ said yesterday in his pitch. He argued that he was different, an outsider, just like Ruth Davidson was as leader of the Scottish Conservatives, and that under his leadership, his party would seek to emulate her success.
In the last General Election (under Davidson’s leadership), the Tories in Scotland won 22% of the seats with 29% of the vote; in the European elections, they won 17% of the seats with 12% of the vote, and in the last elections to the Scottish parliament, they won 24% of the seats with 22% of the vote. It strikes me that many of us could fairly happily live with a Conservative Party led by a man for whom such results are defined as ‘success’ and whose ambition is limited to replicating those results across the UK.