The Scottish Mail on Sunday

Ruth still forks out for a round

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AF­TER sav­ing Theresa May from ut­ter rout in the elec­tion, Ruth David­son should have been pop­ping cham­pagne corks. In­stead the hard-work­ing Scot­tish Tory leader was spot­ted re­turn­ing a col­lec­tion of forks to the Holy­rood can­teen, the residue of nu­mer­ous desk din­ners while plot­ting her suc­cess­ful Gen­eral Elec­tion cam­paign. But Miss David­son is not all work and no play – de­spite hav­ing no sleep for 36 hours, she or­dered equally shat­tered po­lit­i­cal hacks to save a place for her at the bar on Fri­day night. WITH the vol­ume turned down on the TV at the Glas­gow count, ob­servers were re­liant on sub­ti­tles. This led to bizarre re­sults as the au­dio de­scrip­tion failed to cope with Scot­tish ac­cents and un­fa­mil­iar names. Hence ‘ne­go­ti­a­tions’ ap­peared on­screen as ‘rather gauche Asians’, while the bal­lot boxes ar­riv­ing at the Stornoway count from Eriskay turned into a sit­u­a­tion that was ‘get­ting a bit risky’. It cer­tainly looked risky for lo­cal Na­tion­al­ist MP An­gus MacNeil be­fore he scraped back into West­min­ster af­ter a 14 per cent slump in the SNP vote.

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