"A series of blunders were committed in the 1980s and 90s, of which the imposition of the poll tax was the most egregious," he said. "The decision to treat Scotland as a laboratory for experimentation in new methods of local-government finance was clumsy and unjust."Nice to hear but there is no need to dwell upon it. Apologise and move on? (And what will Michael Forsyth think?)
"Speaking in Glasgow, he also made clear yesterday he will reject the calls of some English Tories for the party to adopt an anti-Scottish position at the next general election. While Mr Cameron said he stood by his plan to ban Scots MPs from voting on English legislation, he defended the Barnett Formula that sets Scotland's public spending."There is only one Scottish Tory MP, the anonymous Mr Whatshisname from wherever, so banning Scottish MPs from voting on English legislation can only benefit the Tories. But Mr Cameron makes no attempt to address or even recognise the complications which may arise from this course of action.
"Why is it that Scottish sportsmen and women who win are habitually claimed by English media commentators as 'British' only to be promptly redesignated as 'Scottish' the moment they lose?"Playing to the gallery? Or is that a chip on my shoulder?
"Mr Cameron's speech marks the end of a prolonged debate in the party's London leadership about Scotland. With the Scottish Tories at barely 12 per cent in the polls, Mr Cameron has now decided that the party north of the Border must adopt his modernising agenda, which has seen the UK party overtake Labour in national opinion polls."So the London leadership has decided the agenda to be adopted by the Scottish Tories? Not really in tune with devolution, is it? What happened to Scotland being allowed to go its own way? And are Ms Goldie and her acolytes, not all of whom are known for their commitment to the touchy-feely spirit of the age, happy with this development?
So where do the Scottish Tories go from here? Oblivion may be the most probable answer.