Sunday, 2 October 2011
Concerning the leadership
My, doesn't time fly. Nearly half-term already.
Clearly one of the big political issues out there is the question of the Scottish Tory leadership - which has been transformed into a bigger issue by Murdo Fraser's decision to campaign on the basis of dissolving and replacing the party. (Or something like that.)
Where do I stand on this?
I've met Murdo, and he's a smart guy. His thinking seems to be on the lines of the famous quote (which apparently was NOT by Einstein):
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result."
He has a point.
The trouble is, he could be falling into another fallacy:
"1 - We must do something.
2 - This is something.
3- We must do this."
I had the opportunity last week to meet the other leading contender, Ruth Davidson, and that's certainly her view.
She also used a fairly powerful analogy:
When VW bought Skoda, conventional wisdom was that they should dump the brand as being irredeemably contaminated, and just use the factories to churn out cheaper VWs and Audis.
They didn't. They kept the name, brand and badge, and improved the product to the point where Skodas get higher satisfaction and reliability ratings than VWs, Audis, and Seats, as well as being cheaper. Edinburgh residents will be aware that just about every taxi / private hire car which isn't a "black cab" is now a Skoda. There's a reason for that - cabbies know their cars.
Ruth also made a good case that she has the background, experience and skills to do a similar job on the Scottish Tories.
I haven't decided which way to vote yet - the first big hustings meeting is next weekend, and I intend to go along and give them all a listen.
But, I have to admit that a few months ago I bought a Skoda...