Ruth Davidson is undoubtedly fully justified in accusing the Leave campaign of “selling a lie”. The dishonesty of the Brexiteer’s claims about the cost of membership and promises about the potential of quitting the EU is plain to see. But this doesn’t make it any easier to swallow Davidson’s rank hypocrisy.
Does she seriously imagine we’ve all forgotten that only a couple of years ago she was up to her brass neck in a campaign that was, if anything, even more despicably dishonest than the one she now castigates?
A No vote in the first Scottish independence referendum was sold on a prospectus every bit as false as that being peddled by Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage. I don’t recall Ruth Davidson being fired with righteous indignation in the face of the distortions, misrepresentations, smears and puerile scaremongering of the anti-independence campaign. I don’t remember her objecting to one of the most perniciously vitriolic propaganda efforts ever mounted in peace-time by the British state.
Ruth Davidson was more than happy flog a whole catalogue of lies to the people of Scotland when it suited her. She was perfectly content to indulge all manner of deceit and duplicity in the name of preserving the structures power, privilege and patronage which define the British state. So it’s difficult to listen to her pompous denunciations of Boris Johnson without recoiling at the unabashed hypocrisy of it all.
I’ll be voting Remain. But being on the same side of this particular issue as the likes of Ruth Davidson means that I’ll have to hold my nose while doing so.