Dilatory Tories

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THERE may be some validity in the reasons Brian Monteith gives for deferring moves to establish a new Scottish centre-right party until after the 2016 elections (Perspective, 1 June), though he appears to be backtracking on the position he set out earlier this year (“Time for a New Unionist Party?”, 5 January).

The suspicion remains that his diagnosis of what he calls the Scottish Tory party’s “managed decline” is mistaken; to most observers, “terminal” would appear apt.

Moreover, the temptation to believe that Scottish Tories have a rightful place at the top-table – perhaps it could be called the Ibrox syndrome – could well cost Unionist voices valuable time. 

James Bruce

Church Street

Berwick-upon-Tweed

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