It didn’t take long did it? Ruth Davidson’s claim that her thirteen MPs would stand up for Scotland has melted away faster than a Better Together promise.
The DUP are laughing all the way to the bank courtesy of a weak Theresa May.
One billion pounds of taxpayers cash was what it cost to secure the tenancy of Number Ten for the Tory leader.
Scotland’s windfall according to the much vaunted Barnett formula should have been almost three billion pounds.
That though remains in a UK Treasury Vault after the new batch of Scottish Conservative MPs abandoned the nation they pledged to defend. Speaking in the House of Commons after the DUP deal was announced, Scottish Tory MPs backed the decision to refuse any equitable payment to Scotland.
There’s an obligation on BBC Scotland to pursue Ruth and her MPs. The broadcaster pushed what has proven to be a false narrative of ‘Influential Ruth’ and her MPs who would ‘fight Scotland’s case’.
These news reports look a bad joke today. Not as bad a joke as David Mundell who on Sunday promised that Scotland would indeed receive its Barnett consequentials from any DUP deal.
On Monday Ruth Davidson was attacking the SNP for demanding the Secretary of State honour his promise.
We shouldn’t be surprised at this treachery by the Scottish Conservatives. Scotland will always come a distant second to British Nationalism. Their general election pitch was a single issue ‘No Indyref2’. That is all that motivates them. It’s all they have to offer.
The episode though has confirmed the Scottish Conservatives as politically inept. They lack deftness to capitalise on their recent electoral success. Ruth, as I have long argued, is no politician.
I said days after the general election when ‘Ruth-mania’ was at its hype that things would change very quickly. They have.
If you enjoyed reading this article please feel free to make a small donation.