I REGRET that Ruth Davidson felt she had to go. Like many really first-rate leaders, she was almost above party politics and made voting Tory possible and without shame for even old, once dyed-in-the-wool, Labour voters.

She was the only Scottish party leader of her time who was patently honest and upfront. There was none of the scheming or nastiness or ego and delusions of grandeur that have been the hallmarks of the last two First Ministers. She would have been an outstanding FM and very possibly a Prime Minister who could have pulled the UK back together after the Brexit nightmare.

She was a breath of fresh air and will be sorely missed.

Alexander McKay,


THE news that Ruth Davison has resigned is bad news for all the people of Scotland. She has put her heart and soul into leading the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.

She is a politician who has brought a breath of fresh air to Holywood chamber with the ability to separate the wood from the trees while also being very articulate. She is her own woman and as such has made the decision that her son is top priority and not herself, which is an admirable quality.

I wish her well.

Charles McQueen, Renfrew

A WHOLE new scenario must be looming for the Conservative Party in Scotland as a result of Scottish Leader Ruth Davidson’s resignation, that of independence .

Survival may well depend on it, because for the Conservatives in Scotland to remain united to the UK Conservative and Unionist Party will surely determine any survival. Independence may become the only game in town.

Catriona C Clark, Banknock, Falkirk

IS it not surprising that with all her experience that Ruth Davidson cannot tell when someone is lying to her?

Bill Ballantyne, Kirkcudbright

I AGREE heartily with Tom Gordon that Ruth Davidson’s resignation as leader of the Scottish Conservatives will bolster the independence movement in Scotland. (“Why her departure leaves a hole in the party and a breach in the Union’s defence”, The Herald, August 29).

The media- savvy Ms Davidson has undoubtedly transformed the way the Conservative party is viewed in Scotland, from a party traditionally male-dominated with a deerstalker and tweeds image, to a party led by a confident woman with genuine populist appeal who represented a modern, inclusive form of Conservatism.

Her appeal was deemed so positive that, as Tom Gordon observes, election pamphlets and leaflets displayed photos and quotes from Ms Davidson deliberately at the expense of any mentions of her party.

She became a brand unto herself as the party indulged itself in creating, as Mr Gordon observes, their own personality cult.

Her absence from Holyrood witnessed the party lapse back into its traditional torpor in Scotland and her re- appearance brought visible and palpable relief for her colleagues.

The timing of Ms Davidson’s withdrawal from the leadership, despite official claims to the contrary, is very significant.

There is no doubt that her domestic life now places her former political post in perspective but it is clear that she has seen and heard enough of Boris Johnson’s administration to ascertain that this is a brand of Conservatism that she can no longer support or defend as party leader in Scotland.

The Prime Minister’s prorogation of Parliament represents the final straw for many in his party, including Ms Davidson.

She has openly questioned the wisdom of a no-deal and its effects on the most vulnerable in our society and, though she could hardly be described as of a liberal disposition, to many Ruth Davidson represents a compassionate type of Conservatism that contrasts starkly with Mr Johnson’s laissez-faire,libertarian form of ideology.

Scottish Tories now have a choice to make.They may follow their Westminster masters down a blind ideological rabbit hole or seek to maintain a more moderate and sympathetic form of Conservatism more in line with their Scottish tradition.

Either way, Ms Davidson’s resignation will cause ructions amongst her colleagues and party members that will weaken them for some time to come. Meanwhile, the prospect of independence for Scotland has just moved another tangible step closer.

Owen Kelly, Stirling

I HAVE no doubt that Ruth’s reasons for quitting are exactly as she expressed them and although she is staunchly against ‘no deal’, along with her Liberal Democrat, Labour and SNP colleagues in that cause, like all of them she, too, has been totally wrong-footed by Boris Johnson and never saw it coming. I can therefore accept it played no part in her decision to resign.

That being true, however, the reasons she stated for quitting one of the top political jobs in Scotland must jar with the feminist equal-opportunity mantra, that women are unfairly held back from progressing past the glass ceiling to the higher roles in management because they are perceived to put family and children considerations ahead of career, when that is not the case.

As Ruth’s wonderful family addition was undoubtedly planned, this could perhaps be referred to in the future as an example to undermine that feminist belief of unfair discrimination, when in fact the truth may be that the pressures of family and children are different and much stronger for a woman than for a man and can often be irresistible for a mother.

Douglas Martyn, The Barn, Sandilands, Lanark

I AM the last person to vote Conservative but even I could recognise that Ruth Davidson had the sort of common touch and everyman (or everywoman, to be accurate) appeal that voters could relate to. If only all political leaders were as approachable as she is.

Derek Brown,