Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson spoke on Monday evening at the launch of a new Tory think-tank – like we don’t already have more than enough of those getting undue airtime as talking heads on every mainstream politics programme – ‘Onward’. Presumably ‘Backward to the Victorian era’ was taken.
Ms Davidson’s speech included a mention of this blog, as well as the Canary and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.
Davidson signalled that she was in pure Tory propaganda-land by taking a swing at Labour as being no longer important – less than a year after the biggest gain in general election share since 1945 in Labour’s favour destroyed the Tories’ parliamentary majority – before going on:
I then look at John McDonnell and the shock troops, and the troll factories and their conspiracy theories and their envy and their fake news and their Skwawkbox and the Canary and all the rest of it
With numerous recent name-checks by right-wingers of various rosette-colours, it’s hard to avoid the impression that the SKWAWKBOX is a serious inconvenience to them.
Basically, that this blog is one of the bogeymen of their nightmares.
Ms Davidson also talked about how ‘dour’ and colourless the Tories are:
Sometimes the Tories just look a bit dour. You know, we look a bit joyless.
Yeah y’do. That’s what happens when you peddle miserable, heartless, inhuman politics.
Interestingly, Ruth Davidson was joined at the launch by Tory minister Michael Gove, who once told the BBC it was ok for the mainstream press to be biased toward the right because left-wingers have the SKWAWKBOX for information, so even the Tories can’t maintain their fake-news smears consistently:
The Tories are – rightly – obsessed with their ineffectiveness among and unattractiveness toward young people. Their continuing social media incompetence reinforces that fear almost daily.
But the bad news for them is that they can’t help being who they are – and looking dour and joyless is inevitable when your ideology and imagination are limited to cuts, demonisation, racism and other forms of discrimination and jingoism.
The worse news is that the SKWAWKBOX and other new left media are here to make sure people get to hear about it.
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