Surely this is good for you, boogs? Don't need to worry about any interfering busybodies deselecting you this time?
It is interesting that when pitching the idea to the membership, the party leadership never mention a further issue that that they tend to mention first in private conversation. Namely, that the membership keep picking people in their own image. The safer the Tory seat (which mostly means England), the greater the lazy luxury of being able to select the sort of idiot who appeals to their inner self and in no way reaches out to new voters. When the party suffers a reverse in fortunes, these people then occupy the safest seats and are protected from the cull, which instead decimates (or worse) the sort of candidate who could win a marginal seat in a close call.
In Scotland, for a centre right party to gain traction, it needs among other things to begin selecting the sort of candidate the membership would not touch with a bargepole. The Scottish Tory party, if its membership had had its way would never have supported the privatisations if the 80s, (how would that work? two sockets in the kitchen) it would not have supported RTB irrelevant to our supporters , it would save every infantry battalion and axe the Royal Engineers, save every local hospital and school and embrace mediocrity.
Open primaries are an effort to reach out to the sort of voters who Ashcroft has identified as Conservative leaning but who do not vote Tory. WAnK has more of them than any other constituency in the UK.
I hope we are not the only seat to go down this road. If it results in an Association Chairman somewhere resigning and flouncing off to UKIP, this may well be a sign of progress. The idea that the tree can flourish without pruning needs to be challenged.
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I wouldnt disagree with some of your views on the Conservative membership - and you probably have a closer idea of them than I do. At a recent Better Together meeting in South Aberdeenshire, one of your typical Tory members seemed disgusted (and made that quite clear to everyone)that a young woman had brought along her bairn to the meeting - and of course the young lad was not as interested in proceedings as the rest of us. Hardly likely to attract voters to the cause, is it?
However, how do explain the membership voting in a young, 30-something lesbian as leader? Or was it just the lessor of two evils?
Ruth Davidson was not boogie's preferred candidate IIRC.
I wouldnt have thought so - but the fact remains she did win a vote of tory members. My question is How, given she is virtually the anti-thesis of all they stand for (as boogie says, they select candidates in their own image).
Post by East Anglian Lefty on Nov 13, 2013 10:33:32 GMT
Neither of them is exactly easy, and either would require a good candidate, a decent campaign and for the Lib Dems to underperform. Given that those are local factors, the sort of national targeting which ranking implies wouldn't be terribly appropriate.
I do wonder if Berwickshire might be the easier gain - we have certainly had better swings there in the recent past.
That and along with wak I would have thought would have been suitable to target. I am also inclined to say it would be waste of having members in areas far away from these seats to not have them directed to one of the edingburgh seats and perhaps Stirling. But leave the campaigning for the local parties. Stirling has some active proficient members, along with some in Perthshire who I'm sure could at least try and run a decent campaign if some members from Glasgow popped up.
If we had to do another seat then Perth and North Perthshire in the hope the SNP collapse following a no vote