If David Cameron is to save the Union between Scotland and England, he had better start leading from the front.
No point in talking about fighting with every fibre of his being while skulking 400 miles away from the battlefield, sending young lieutenants Danny Alexander and Michael Moore out of the trenches to face superior SNP firepower.
But enough military metaphors. If Cameron wants to woo the Scots, he’ll have to spend a lot more time in Scotland.
Why not? He has as much chance of saving the Union as any Scottish-based Tory.
Entirely gratuitously, we offer to Conservative Central Office, Project Oor Davie, a tartan makeover for the Prime Minister:
Emphasise the Cameron Scottish roots, but not so much the long line of wealthy Inverness stockbrokers. Find a great auntie who had a spell in the workhouse. Or an ancestor who had his croft burned down by the Duke of Sutherland.
Among Davie’s schedule of personal appearances: baking dropped scones with Michelle McManus on STV’s The Hour; being celebrity judge at the World Porridge Championships; singing Ah Belang Tae Glesgae at the UCS anniversary concert next weekend; doing the Immortal Memory at the New Cumnock Working Men’s Club Burns Supper.
Scots will want to see Oor Davie in the kilt. Hear him say it’s a braw bricht moonlicht nicht the nicht and a wee deoch an doris.
Cameron might establish residential qualifications. A but’n’ben in the new semi-rural Easterhouse should suit.
Davie could even become Conservative candidate for Glasgow Baillieston in the next Scottish Parliament elections. This has the benefit of showing he cares but without any risk of winning. Unless us Scots take Davie to our hearts.
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