On 26 July, the Scottish Conservatives sent out a tweet to find out who wanted to back Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson. The tweet provided a link to “help her” by donating to or joining the Scottish Conservative Party. It also claimed that “It’s only Ruth Davidson who can lead the fight against the SNP”:
It’s only Ruth Davidson who can lead the fightback against the SNP.
— ScotConservatives (@ScotTories) July 26, 2018
Scottish Conservatives sent the tweet after news broke of the SNP preparing for a possible snap general election. The SNP currently dominates the Westminster voting intentions, with 42% of the vote. The Scottish Conservatives are in second place, with 24%, and Scottish Labour is in third place with 23%. In current UK wide polls, Labour is ahead of the Conservatives in Westminster voting intentions.
As the Tories attempted to drum up support for their leader, Twitter certainly didn’t disappoint with comebacks.
The thread of the Scottish Conservatives’ “Team Ruth” post was littered with comments about recent Brexit revelations:
Aye,right! When I was in the supermarket this afternoon wondering if I should start stocking up on canned food like some crazy doomsday prepper. Did I think to myself "Team Ruth" will solve our problems ? Did I f…!
— Henri de Rokesburge (@rokesburge) July 26, 2018
It's her party taking us out the EU
A recent opinion poll says 73% of Scots want to #remain
Will you be using that #darkmoney to obfuscate your election spending?
— YES 🏴 Бот (@YESthatcherDead) July 26, 2018
Some people commented on the secretary of state for Scotland’s claim of a “power bonanza” for the Scottish Parliament after Brexit:
None of Ruth Davidson's team seem to be available to explain details of Scotland's powers bonanza #bbcgms
— Phantom Power (@PhantomPower14) July 14, 2017
Others raised the absence of Scottish Conservatives’ policies [pdf] that diverge from the UK Conservative Party:
Great, where can I read her policies?
— Steve B (@ancientnoise1) July 26, 2018
Must be more than that surely? What's her position on tax for instance?
— Steve B (@ancientnoise1) July 26, 2018
And of course, there is an ongoing call for Ruth Davidson to speak out over the ‘dark money’ allegations:
— Arthur Ballantyne (@Arf_Ballantyne) July 26, 2018
Still nothing? pic.twitter.com/XyVu1XS9Bp
— Craig 🏴 (@craigcook62) July 27, 2018
The chair of Welfare Scotland, Rob McDowall, decided to respond with a video politely declaring he was “Team Nicola”:
— Rob McDowall (Raibeart Mhicdhughaill) (@robmcd85) July 26, 2018
When Tories try to be personable
When Tories try to be personable, it tends to backfire. Just like Theresa May when she explained [paywall] how she likes to unwind from her stressful job:
PR stunts don’t seem to go very well for the Tories. Perhaps voters would have more respect for the Conservatives if they’d just get on and call another general election.
– Join The Canary, so we can keep holding the powerful to account.
Featured image via Scottish Conservatives/Twitter
We need your help to keep speaking the truth
Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.
Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.
We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.
In return, you get:
* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop
Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.
With your help we can continue:
* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do
We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?