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Tory leadership candidates undermining union with attacks on devolution warns Times newspaper

22 Aug 2022 3 minute read
Liz Truss photo Joe Giddens. Rishi Sunak photo Jeff J Mitchell. PA Images

The Times newspaper has warned that the two candidates to become the leader of the Conservative party and Prime Minister are making a break up of the UK more likely due to their attacks on devolution.

In an editorial, the newspaper referred to new polls showing that the election of either Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss would take support for independence over the 50% threshold and that a Liz Truss premiership would boost support for independence in Wales from 25% to 30%.

The newspaper suggested that Liz Truss’ had been “reckless” and that her declaration that she would simply “ignore” the Scottish Government had given “the nationalists new ammunition with which to attack the UK government”.

“Dictating terms is a self-defeating tactic from Westminster politicians,” the Times said. “Demonstrating how the UK can make life better for Scots seems a far better way forward for the unionist cause.”

They added: “Asked recently how she would take on Ms Sturgeon, Ms Truss said she would ignore the first minister who was nothing more than ‘an attention seeker’. There may have been cheers from Conservative Party members at the hustings where Ms Truss spoke which will have been echoed at SNP headquarters.

“The favourite to win, after all, had given the nationalists new ammunition with which to attack the UK government.”

It demonstrated that unionist politicians “continue to struggle to articulate to Scottish voters a positive, and compelling, vision of the UK,” they said.

‘Ludicrously unfair’

The newspaper also took issue with Lord Frost’s intervention into the debate. The former Brexit minister wrote in the Telegraph that Wales and Scotland weren’t nations, the UK should become a “unitary state” with devolution “evolved back”, and independence should be made “impossible”.

He also described the devolved governments as “subordinate” to Westminster and said that the UK Government needed to change how it discussed them.

Reacting to his comments, the Times editorial said that “during the Tory Party leadership contest, some senior unionists have done more to assist Scottish nationalism than they have to promote their own cause”.

“Lord Frost’s suggestion that for a second referendum to go ahead, there should be 75 per cent pro-independence MSPs at Holyrood for a ten-year period might appeal to those seduced by the idea of ‘muscular unionism’ but it is a ludicrously unfair proposal that most pro-UK politicians would, wisely, refuse to promote,” they said.

“If Frost’s proposal was advanced, Ms Sturgeon’s claim that Scots are ‘ignored’ by Westminster would become far more credible.”


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Quornby
Quornby
1 month ago

Nothing has changed… the Times just want the London gang to be a bit more camouflaged when they rip us off.

One of the two witnesses
One of the two witnesses
1 month ago

So in other words. The Union is undermining itself. Bring it on. The Empire experiment has failed. We are tired of being ruled by unelected elites in Westminster and a bit of Swindon. We must take back control. We can level up into the sunlit uplands with an oven ready deal and move forward as One Great Nation. Cymru. The corrupt behemoth that is the UK takes all our resources and gives us nothing in return. We can leave the UK and become a global Cymru, trading with the rest of Europe and the world on our own terms. We… Read more »

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Robin Lynn
Robin Lynn
1 month ago

Let’s apply Frost’s 75% rule to MPs supporting Brexit!

The Original Mark
The Original Mark
1 month ago

Has the London media only just realised or is this a warning to the candidates to tone down the anti devolution rhetoric?

Richard
Richard
1 month ago

The old ‘ thunderer ‘ has got this right ….

I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
1 month ago

Roll on the Queendom of England.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago

Up to her elbows in spreading sewerage in our rivers and around our bathing beaches and rather being put in the dock she is to be put in No 10. Truss turned off the money tap so the water companies could turn on the outflow pipes and poison us and our rivers and seas. I wonder how much of that money has found its way back into her kitty to pay for her leadership bid ? We know she takes it from any old right wing billionaire anywhere in the world. this country will continue to be in the pay… Read more »

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