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Conservatives are ‘joyless’ & ‘authoritarian’ says senior Tory

You might well think these comments have been made by any Labour party supporter, and probably a lot more besides, however in this case it was a senior Tory.

Ruth Davidson, the Conservative leader in Scotland, has warned her own party that they need to, echoing the words of the ghost of PMs past, “chillax.”

On Monday Ms Davidson said “Sometimes as Tories we just look a bit dour.”

“We look a bit joyless – is that fair? A bit authoritarian sometimes.

“We don’t get to win if we start hectoring the people that we need to vote for us.

“We’ve got to learn to be a bit more joyful – and that’s something that I think we have tried to learn in Scotland.”

She continued: “It’s not just what you say but it’s what you can show people.

“When you do it with a smile, they actually get behind you.”

These comments come not long after Michael Gove reportedly joked about Duchess Of Sussex Meghan Markle’s “exotic” background.

Maybe that is not quite the kind of “banter” she was hoping for from other senior members of her party.



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