(Original post by moonshine_1991)
Very true. I'm in Edinburgh, which is practically England in Scottish terms (
) and the Tories' aren't popular at all. The day I put up a Tory poster in my window was the same day I walked round the corner and saw huge graffiti reading "Tory scum". Safe to say I took that poster down pretty smartish.
Are you part of the Conservative Party society at the uni, then?
Nah I'm not. I'm not politically active as I'm a) 18 and b) a medic, meaning I can't claim to be well enough educated to start campaigning and stuff. Youth politics are often superficial and most people don't have a bloody clue what they're on about half the time, which just gets irritating.
L i b, most people just still haven't forgiven them for the thatcher years that bent scotland over a barrel and gave it one. It's ridiculous, I think, since half the people who hate tories for this reason weren't even alive when it was happening, but there you go. The daily record had a massive 3 page spiel about "We will never forget Thatcher, we will never forgive the tories" the day before the election- one of my mates reads it (for some strange reason..!) and brought it round for me to see. Please don't start producing typical politician catchphrases for poor results like "failure to connect with voters"- it's blatantly obvious to everybody on the streets and everyone knows exactly went wrong, even if it happened 20 years ago. When Cameron comes out and says "I'm certainly a big Thatcher fan", like he did some time ago, he can't then expect cheers from Scotland.
The other thing is that historically Scotland has always thought itself bigger and more important than it actually is, and loves to consider itself a separate country even though it isn't. For this reason people are pretty pissed off that a party with only one seat is now ruling, which explains the rising popularity of the SNP in Scotland.
Also, calling voters "unwashed types" isn't going to help the fact that people see the tories as upper class snobs with no regard for those who struggle to get by. Okay, so the means of the vehemently anti tories are often primitive and aggressive. What has happened to make ordinary people so violent? Fear of what will happen now that the party who crippled the working class are back in power? You can't just dismiss people on the grounds of their means and say that it's because of who they are, think about what has happened to make people act the way they have. I'm not one of these strongly anti tory activists, in fact were I to become political it would probably be the conservative party who better matched my opinions a few years from now given their stance on the NHS and my opposition to taxing the public out of house and home, and yet it's blatantly clear what's going on here. Could you possibly explain why the tory party have failed to make the connection, or are they just trying to ignore the obvious?
Politics really isn't rocket science. I just wish it wasn't such a class war all the time.