We’d imagine, in fairness, that you need to be endowed with a pretty well-polished brass neck to stand as a Conservative politician in Scotland at all.
So perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised at the sheer nerve of Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson yesterday as she gave a speech to an audience (if that’s not too strong a word in the circumstances) of “around 25” people in Edinburgh.
So let’s just make sure we’re clear on that – Ruth Davidson spent much of last year demanding that 16- and 17-year-olds be denied the vote, but now that they’ve been given it she wants them to vote for her. We’re sure that’ll go down well.
We’re not told how many of the 25 or so “Conservative Friends Of The Union” gathered to hear Ms Davidson’s speech yesterday were under 18, but we’re going to go ahead and take a guess that within acceptable margins of error, the number was zero.