Since moving back to Scotland I’ve been subjected to the full-on Ruth Davidson (Scottish Tory leader) experience. This is a typical piece of jolity from Davidson’s well-oiled media machine.
Ruth Davidson is being presented as the soft, cuddly version of Toryism. She’s the Tory you think may be alright. She’s just a jolly person. Look, she’s on Have I Got News For You so she can’t be all bad right? Davidson is, as said, a Tory that sits at the right hand of Theresa May.
This brings me to a despicable piece of legislation called ‘the rape clause’. Here’s MP Alison Thewlis making clear what it is the Tories have made law.
We think the policy on limiting tax credits to the first two children is appalling and tantamount to social engineering, but to put a woman who has been raped in a position where she needs to declare that to a government official is just abhorrent. This also stigmatises the child involved, which is surely against the UN convention on the rights of the child.
The Tories have been playing down this policy since it was made law last week but with the local elections weeks away it is worth realising that when they say in Scotland that they want to ‘get on with it’ it means stuff like this.
Ruth Davidson has been mysteriously quiet on defending the clause which is most unlike her but today she Tweeted this.
The spokesman’s comments can be found here.
Davidson is hiding behind a spokesman, failing to make any personal defence of it as somewhere deep down there’s a realisation the thing is indefensible but as a Tory, she’ll defend it. This is the reality of the Tories, even ones with fluffy media profiles, that if you scratch the surface it won’t take much to find out what they really are and what they really stand for.
So vote Tory in May if you support putting rape victims through hell. That’s what they stand for and this is the vision of the future that Ruth Davidson wants for all of us.