Politics is a funny old game, one minute you are up, the next minute you are down, when you go down it is either due to the fact that did something wrong, you didn’t do something right or sat back and became lazy. In recent elections, both
and Council, the Scottish Conservatives did rather well.
13 Westminster MPs, I helped two of them get over the line in East Renfrewshire and
Ayr. During the
contest in 2017, I wasn’t in a party hence as a free agent, I wasn’t bound to
any party, so I could do what I like. So, when the opportunity came to campaign
in Ayr, I thought ‘day out’! I have to say out
of all the days I have spent campaigning, I really enjoyed campaigned in the small
Ayrshire villages a lot.
In Glasgow, we have 8 Conservatives Councillors, that was the result of a variety of factors, one being hard work, one of my friends Robert Connelly who campaigned hard during Brexit for Leave got elected, I was so glad for him and his family. On election night, his dad cried in the hall, Robert got elected to the Calton Ward, which you would think was solid Labour heartlands.
In politics, you have to keep the momentum up, so I have to say that I wasn’t surprised that there was some bad news for the Scottish Conservatives in new political poll. In politics, you can’t take your foot of the gas, you have to work, work and work, you have to be actively cultivating the voters and you do that by helping sort out their problems.
Other people’s problems are your bread and butter!
If you aren’t looking for people to help with issues and fixing them, you don’t understand what you’re employed to do. No problem too small or too large, because everyone you help is a potential advocate for why you go see you, even if they didn’t vote for you.
That’s how people get re-elected and have a personal following, work, work, work work!
For sometime, a lot of talk about Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson jumping ship to try and be PM, at present, she has decided to stay out of the way of attempts by enemies of Theresa May as they plot and plan.
In the meantime, Ruth Davidson has to acknowledge that the new blow she has suffered in the new political poll is in part due to Scottish Conservatives needing to be more active, Ruth Davidson is falling into the same trap as Kezia Dugdale, 15 minutes FMQs doesn’t make up for rest of the week.
Look what happened to Kezia Dugdale!
Sunk now without a trace, Ruth Davidson did very well exploiting the gap when Scottish Labour leader Kezia said she might vote for indy, this throwaway comment set up a chain of events which saw the Labour Party kicked down the Holyrood ladder to third place.
Polls are interesting, a single poll is a snapshot in time, a series showing the same evidence is a trend and a bad trend is a concern, the polling in the Daily Record newspaper shows that they would drop five seats in a
election to the SNP and four seats also would be taken by Scottish Labour.
There are 13 Conservative MPs, but going backwards must make some people nervous, the SNP on 39%, Scottish Labour at 27% and the Scottish Conservatives dropped almost five points to 24%. Although the Conservatives have their problems, it isn’t sweetness and light in the garden for Scottish Labour, with them losing four seats.
I helped Paul Sweeney get elected in Glasgow North East; the winning margin was 242 votes, the only seat the SNP lost in
Glasgow. 242 votes is a drop in the bucket,
the SNP will be trying to get that seat back because having all the seats in Glasgow is a benchmark.
Obviously Paul will be working hard to retain his seat and keep and eye on the
The SNP as things stand now remain on course to steer the SNP to their fourth consecutive Holyrood election victory in 2021, as I previously blogged the election in 2021 is the most important in Holyrood history, the real goal of that election is to deny the SNP a majority even with a coalition with the Greens.
No majority = no second independence vote.
Ruth Davidson may want to be PM, she might see the advantage of going via the Holyrood FM route, but if she did chances she would like Nicola Sturgeon be leading a minority government. But……. she cannot just wave the Union Jack and declare she is a defender of the Union, nope, she has to ante up with social policies which impact people’s lives for the better.
Basically the Scottish Conservatives have the same problem as Scottish Labour, they need new policies, question is who will get the ones which get people to sit up and take notice. One thing the Scottish Conservatives have is the ear of the UK Government; that makes them and puts them in a unique position.
One of the recognised problems is Universal Credit, what I would do if I was a Scottish Conservative is make the case for a change, so that people get an option so that rent can be automatically sent to their landlord in order not to have the problem of rent arrears happening.
There is might take a fight, but it is a fight worth having, especially if anyone has a view of taking up residency in Bute House and sending Nicola Sturgeon packing with her tail between her legs.
If you want to build an empire, you should and must build on solid foundations, this applies equally to the Scottish Conservatives as it does to Scottish Labour that means hard work, building an activist base and making sure the people are a desire to vote for you.
Votes are everywhere; you just have to pick them up using the right approach, in Glasgow North East, I spent a couple of minutes talking to a woman gave her some information which might help her or someone else and she said she was voting Scottish Labour candidate Paul Sweeney, start of the conversation she was a non voter.
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