Light Blue: Policy Adventures for Scottish Conservatives
It has taken the Scottish Conservatives a long time to adjust to life in post-devolution Scotland. In particular, one question has overshadowed and constrained the party’s thinking: what is the appropriate Conservative response to the Scottish Parliament? The Scottish Conservatives arrived at a definitive answer only in 2014. Having been anti-devolutionists (until 1999), willing participants (1999-2009) and then half-hearted supporters of further powers (2009-2014), the party finally put the issue to rest by proposing significant further powers for the Scottish Parliament through the Strathclyde Commission. It even managed to outflank the Labour Party to become the most radical proponent of a fiscally accountable Scottish Parliament.
1 Ruth Davidson, Speech to Adam Smith Institute, London, 25 August 2015. Available at: http://www.scottishconservatives.com/2015/08/ruth-davidson-speech-to-adam-smith-institute/