It seems like the Conservative party in Scotland is in the middle of a meltdown and it looks like Brian Monteith will be exiting the party quite soon – probably with a swift kick up the bahookie.
Party managers revealed there will be no let-up in their investigation into the downfall of McLetchie, whose friends have raised suspicions that Monteith’s betrayal was part of a wider plot involving other senior Conservatives.
The vow to root out disloyal party members follows one of the darkest episodes in Scottish Tory history. First McLetchie was forced to quit over a row about his taxi expenses, and then Monteith resigned the party whip after admitting sending e-mails to this newspaper urging it to call for McLetchie’s resignation.
How this will play out for the Scottish people who expect to have an opposition in parliament is less sure. Ms. Goldie last week promised us â€œa robust opposition presence in Scotlandâ€ but it doesn’t look like it will come anytime soon.
After reading about the behind the scenes manoeuvring going on in parliament, we are not surprised the Scottish people feel cheated by the institution. These people who have the gall to call themselves our representatives are doing nothing in that overpriced building except building and maintaining their own power base.
Readers are recommended to read Gerald Warner’s Op-ed column in Scotland On Sunday which goes under the headline “Tory betrayal of Scotland“. which is quite a read. Mr. Warner is not a happy person and mentions some interesting facts:
Instead, in week one, they were queuing to collect their medals with everyone else, nor did they reject the extravagant salaries and allowances awarded to MSPs. Within three years, the parliament gave itself a 14% pay rise, in the same month that nurses were awarded less than 4%. Tories such as Annabel Goldie did denounce the pay increases, but took the cash in the end. Conservative MSPs, forced to receive the same pay cheques as colleagues, could have made a pact to subtract the increase and donate it to charity.
Scotland no longer has a middle class, either on the Victorian entrepreneurial model or within the Marxist concept of the bourgeoisie: instead, it has a Soviet-style nomenklatura, a public-sector salariat living well. It is this Ã©lite that wants to prevent a blue-collar worker from lighting up a cigarette in his pub at the end of a hard day’s work.
We’d like to thank “Yer Man” for his information on the 31st. He was 100% right and we failed in not publishing it. We would have broken the story if only we had picked up the email – can you contact us again!