Ruth Davidson comes under fire after comparing indyref2 to civil war

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has come under fire after appearing to compare a referendum on Scottish independence to a civil war.

In a speech to the David Hume Institute in Edinburgh, the MSP said she did not want Brexit to be used to “start yet another fratricidal conflict”.

The term ‘fratricide’ literally means the murdering of one’s own family members.  However it is also used to describe a civil war.

Davidson, who once famously posed sitting on a tank, also told the audience that independence means Scotland would “join post-Trump America and pre-election France as this year’s focal point for global instability”.

The comments were immediately condemned as ‘inflammatory’ by the SNP.  An SNP spokesman said: “The Tories have completely lost the plot – and Ruth Davidson’s use of inflammatory language by comparing legitimate political debate as ‘fratricidal conflict’ just shows how rattled she is.

“And no wonder, given her role as apologist in chief for right-wing Westminster Tories who now think they can do anything they want to Scotland and get away with it.”

The comments have also led to furious calls on social media for the Scottish Conservative leader to be taken to task.  Some users claimed Davidson’s rhetoric smacked of a threat of armed conflict should Nicola Sturgeon call a second independence referendum.

Davidson’s comments follow a poll which showed half of Scots favour holding a second independence referendum within two years.  Support for independence remains roughly where it was after the last referendum.  However independence supporters are confident that once Article 50 is triggered by the UK Government and the full ramifications of Brexit become apparent then support for a Yes vote will increase.

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10 thoughts on “Ruth Davidson comes under fire after comparing indyref2 to civil war

  1. paul graham

    Democracy’s are allowed to change their mind otherwise its not a democracy how can they change their minds if they don’t get the chance to show it, if the tories are so confident brexit is what Britain wants then why are they afraid of giving us the chance to show it.

  2. Clydebuilt

    That’s Davidson raising the ante. Makes reasoned discussion harder she’ll be hoping , impossible.

    They’ll all be at it soon …..Yoons that is!

    Wastemonster are taking on Fake News….. Heard a Blue Tory painting a picture where people will complain to Facebook, who will pull posts off their site……

    Sounds like the perfect approach to control social media.

  3. Les Wilson

    Ruth needs to give a good reason just why the Tories fear Scottish democracy so much,
    Do they believe in democracy or not.
    I would also tell all the Unionists to stop bringing up Indy2, they have spoken about nothing else since Indy1. Fed up listening to their claptrap.

    On the bright side the “Union” will be over, very soon now.

    1. Donald Bruce

      Does Ruth not remember what the Tories are asked to agree to when the join.1. Put country first 2. Put electorate next 3 Party last.
      Seems she has put it the other way round. Listen to your people.. Their lScots.

  4. NAMR DAVID W WILSON

    Can’t the English have a vote on whether they want to keep Scotland in UK? Av got good idea which way that would go

    1. East Neuker

      If you’re suggesting that England would vote for an independent Scotland that would be absolutely fine with me. Please proceed. Have somewhere ready to put your nukes the day after the vote.

      You will soon find out how much you have been lied to about the economic value of Scotland to England. Why on earth do you think the British State is so desperate to hang on to it?

      So, as they would say in my part of the world, gang oan yersels.

  5. david clark

    blah blah blah, it’s the true blue tories that are commiting democide ad i type, with their anti non elitist, sanctions and austerity, especially against the poor, disabled, weak and less fortunate, aided by the red tories and north british quislings

  6. Ross Lowe

    I really don’t like how Ms Davidson thinks that she some how become the voice of Scotland and has the gauge of the electorate’s collective want, she clearly is neither.
    A point blank refusal to see the shift in the Scottish political landscape and offer any alternative policies other than that offered by her Head Office in Westminster do not help her. Even the assertion that the Conservatives are on the rise in Scotland is hogwash as the bum on seats numbers only increased by the collapse of SLAB and the STV.
    I would also encourage everyone that is interested that the look closely at this ‘27%’ support for Indyref2. It derives from a poorly worded question and jumps on an ambiguous conclusion. YouGov ran a similar poll last year that consisted of an average of 17 people per constituency being asked and only had a 1% change from 2014.

  7. Ross Wheeler

    Because of Brexit there will be serious consequences. That means the UK could be broken apart or even dead for ever. So Ruth Davidson and her Conservative colleagues down in Westminster had better “get their act together if they’re so keen on saving the union”, and if I were you I would tell the unionist Scots this.

    The fact that Ruth Davidson said that Indyref2 is like a civil war is complete and utter nonsense.

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