She wasn’t a celeb

Annabel Goldie wasn’t a celeb on either side of the border. I have to confess that I would have struggled to tell you who she was a couple of years ago. She is up against the traditional dominance of the Labour party, a well known “showman” in Alex Salmond and a Lib Dem party much more high profile than here in England.

Yet she is the one making the political running.

The leader of the Conservative party in Scotland has been described as “matronly” and as David Cameron’s favourite “Scottish auntie”. The Scottish press (not the most pro Tory media in the world) have written that it has been Miss Goldie that has given the campaign some “personality”.

The Scotsman said “The Scottish Conservative leader has surprised many observers, inside and outside her own party, with her performances on the campaign trail.

She has been as drily witty as she used to be in the days before she became leader, she has more than held her own in leadership debates – and actually come out on top in one or two – and she has appeared relaxed and confident on the stump.” and “She has been a revelation”.

What has this got to do with me or London or Bexley or Bromley? Well we have a similar situation here in London, a well known showman who many people expect to romp home and a series of “unknowns” who want to take him on. Miss Goldie has shown that you do not need to be a celeb out of traps, you can build a profile en route.

4 responses to “She wasn’t a celeb

  1. It is all very well to raise your profile during the campaign and possibly even capture a few dozen votes, but the Conservatives are not going to win in Scotland and they have ruled out a coalition. So any votes will not help change the balance of power between Labour and the SNP. For the people of Scotland there is a clear choice to make and the Conservative party are inconsequential to this.It is easy to be the most popular Conservative in Scotland for a generation. The last Tory ‘personality’ in Scotland was < HREF="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Fairbairn" REL="nofollow">Nichola Fairbairn<> and if anybody hasn’t heard of him you should read his profile on Wikipedia, it would be very funny if it were not all true.

  2. It is all very well to raise your profile during the campaign and possibly even capture a few dozen votes, but the Conservatives are not going to win in Scotland and they have ruled out a coalition. So any votes will not help change the balance of power between Labour and the SNP. For the people of Scotland there is a clear choice to make and the Conservative party are inconsequential to this.It is easy to be the most popular Conservative in Scotland for a generation. The last Tory ‘personality’ in Scotland was < HREF="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Fairbairn" REL="nofollow">Nichola Fairbairn<> and if anybody hasn’t heard of him you should read his profile on Wikipedia, it would be very funny if it were not all true.

  3. James, You are so, so wrong here, I really don’t know where to begin. The Tories in Scotland need to take a long hard look at themselves. Ruling out a coalition, and with projected numbers looking dismal, means that a Conservative vote is a wasted vote.Furthermore, the party needs to be dragged kicking and screaming out of its 1950s torpor. There is, to quote a man much more intelligent than I, still too much of the ‘faith, flag and family’ bullshit. Too little on a small state (so many up here bemoan the huge public sector), too little on a freer market with less government intervention etc etc.Goldie was, and remains, a poor choice. Scottish Tories need a Cameron, not an nice auntie.RS

  4. James, You are so, so wrong here, I really don’t know where to begin. The Tories in Scotland need to take a long hard look at themselves. Ruling out a coalition, and with projected numbers looking dismal, means that a Conservative vote is a wasted vote.Furthermore, the party needs to be dragged kicking and screaming out of its 1950s torpor. There is, to quote a man much more intelligent than I, still too much of the ‘faith, flag and family’ bullshit. Too little on a small state (so many up here bemoan the huge public sector), too little on a freer market with less government intervention etc etc.Goldie was, and remains, a poor choice. Scottish Tories need a Cameron, not an nice auntie.RS

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