They need to be able not just to sell their vision to the country, but to make activists feel good about being Conservatives again.
Posts Tagged: Ruth Davidson MSP
“I would urge my colleagues in the House of Commons to start taking those first steps to walk back to something in the middle.”
Andy Maciver: As Johnson’s leadership prospects improve, Scots Tories mull going it alone. Here’s why.
As their conference opens this weekend, they are pondering claims that his ratings north of the border are dismal – and how to respond.
Holyrood already has the powers we need, but the SNP will always put the pursuit of independence first.
Also: Ministry of Defence and Northern Irish Office clash over protecting ex-servicemen and police; and another bad week for Scottish Labour.
It is mistaken to believe that the British people are collectively optimistic, happy-go-lucky, and modernity-obsessed – and on the same wavelength as those that are.
Profile: Amber Rudd – moderation-preaching, whip-defying, No Deal-opposing. And sought by leadership contenders for support.
She is one of the few Cabinet members who does not give the impression of having had her personality flattened by the sacrifices demanded by a ministerial career.
Davidson has parked the Conservatives there – and the emergence of the Independent Group opens up new opportunities.
The next leader must be someone able to woo the unconverted and broaden the Tory tent. As Mayor, he was that candidate. But is he still?
25 questions about (another) early general election – and the horror show it could be for the Conservatives
The more one thinks about it, the more problematic it becomes.
If you’d had to guess which of their MPs would rebel on the deal, Lamont and Ross wouldn’t have made the top six.
ConHome’s Cabinet League Table. Everyone’s rating is down – and half of the top table is now in negative territory. Worst ever results.
Not for the faint-hearted. Contains intense violence, blood and gore, strong language and Philip Hammond.
Also: Jones criticised for shielding ministers from independent scrutiny; and Mundell’s bizarre pop at ‘carpet-bagging’ colleagues.
Losing both them and the DUP will send a very strong signal to every Conservative MP about its implications for the Union.
Also: Scottish Tories attack SNP over income tax ‘gap’; no boost for Plaid from new leader; and DUP’s Brexit donation given a clean bill of legal health.