They’ve still not learned, according to “a leading Highlands Tory” no less. Sorry to quote such a large chunk of it, but he hits the nail pretty much on the head in my view.
Robbie Rowantree… also claimed his party was complacent on race relations, riven by homophobia and stuck in a time warp…
He said his own candidacy in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey was not helped by the Tories â€œwittering on about nonsenseâ€ during the April campaign…
Rowantree says the partyâ€™s attempt to win votes, led by leader David McLetchie and chairman Peter Duncan, made no impact on ordinary Scots: â€œThey just donâ€™t seem to be able to articulate the needs of a right-of-centre party that is aspirational for Scotland. Who are these strange old people talking about foreigners, gays and criminals?â€
…he believes the recent appointment as interim deputy chairman of Jackson Carlaw, who was caught cracking racist jokes during the election campaign, indicates that the Tories are unwilling to change.
â€œEverybody thinks the Tories are a shower of racist xenophobes anyway. All you do is reinforce the stereotypes by doing stupid things like that. The mind boggles.â€
He also said that instead of clamping down on immigration, an inclusive Tory party should welcome foreign workers with â€œopen armsâ€.