The National:

SCOTTISH Conservative and Unionist politicians often like to remind Scots that they aren’t terribly fond of independence.

But even Ruth Davidson would be proud of this display of affection for the Union – or rather rage against the prospect of Scotland being governed from Holyrood.

Step forward new contender for Scotland’s angriest Unionist, Glasgow councillor Euan Blockley.

The Tory, frustrated by time spent in the city chamber spent debating Scotland’s sovereignty, had a thing or two to say about independence.

He began in what in hindsight is a placid tone: “I don’t think we should be debating independence in this chamber when our roads are crumbling and we have people outside talking about Sunday parking charges, when we have the car park tax…”

Presumably in a bid to make sure he is heard by every independence supporter in Scotland, Blockley then turned the volume up to full blast.

“Why are we spending 45 minutes talking about this nonsense? That is what it is. It is absolute nonsense!” he screamed.

“We made the decision in 2014. We made the decision when two million Scots said ‘naw’.

“But yet you cannot accept it! You cannot accept it! You cannot accept…” (The Tory aborted a third repetition, perhaps realising that another one might make it seem like he had lost his cool).

“…That’s the worrying thing. That’s the worrying thing. Because at the end of the day when you can’t respect democratic results, that’s when you start going down a path that frankly I don’t want this country to go down.”

And so, with a warning about democracy being circumvented, came to an end Blockley’s rant about independence – a subject he definitely doesn’t want to spend time talking about.

Of course, for that to happen, Nicola Sturgeon has repeatedly said Holyrood would need to be granted a Section 30 Order by Downing Street.

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But granting Scots the right to self-determination, based on a democratically sound mandate, is something both Tory leadership candidates are opposed to.

And although Blockley was confident in his assurance that the prospect of self-governance in Scotland is nonsensical, Tory members don’t seem quite as convinced.

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In fact, a quarter of Conservative members across the UK are in favour of Scottish independence.

According to research published this month by YouGov, some 26% of members would be "happy" if Scotland left the Union.

It seems Blockely will have to shout even louder next time he slates independence.