Nicola Sturgeon says she'd prefer a Labour government in power
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Nicola Sturgeon’s admission that she “detests Tories” reveals a “lack of dignity and self-awareness” which will simply sow the seeds of division north of the border, a political rival has claimed. Michelle Ballantyne, the leader of Reform UK Scotland, was speaking after the First Minister drew criticism for her remark when speaking to the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg yesterday in the midst of her party’s annual conference in Aberdeen.
Ms Ballantyne, a former member of the Scottish Parliament for the Conservative Party who joined Reform UK in 2021, was deeply unimpressed.
She told Express.co.uk: “This simple comment has revealed Nicola Sturgeon’s true self.
“She is a woman lacking in elegance, dignity and sadly, but most worryingly the self-awareness to even realise that the bitter hatred that she spews is a commentary on many Scots, the very people she claims to love and speak for.”
The “lack of control” Ms Sturgeon displayed when resorting to such rhetoric “destroys working relationships both with Parliamentary colleagues and the UK Government”, Ms Ballantyne claimed.
She added: “It is a clear indication that she is not the astute politician that her supporters want her to be but rather an inept politician who has failed at every area of public services and clings to power simply by name calling and sowing seeds of division.
“She is an embarrassment to our proud nation of inventors, thinkers and entrepreneurs.
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“Her spitefulness and deep seated hate is dangerous and history shows us that leaders who talk about sections of our society in this way should not be given the power to incite hatred.”
During the interview, Ms Kuenssberg was asked whether she would prefer a Tory or a Labour Government and replied: “I detest the Tories and everything they stand for so it’s not difficult to answer that question.
“Being better than the Tories is not a high bar to cross right now.
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“I think we need to see more of a radical alternative from Labour rather than just a pale imitation.”
Speaking on the same programme, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Nadhim Zahawi said: “I think that language is really dangerous.
“I prefer to work with my colleagues in Scotland on delivering the freeports, the greenports, as I want to do with Deputy First Minister John Swinney and others.”
Mr Swinney was pressed about his leader’s remarks on the BBC’s Breakfast programme.
He said: “The First Minister said that she detested Conservative policies and the values of the Conservative Party.
“And I associate myself with those comments.
“Because I think what’s clear is the Conservatives are taking the United Kingdom in a direction which is profoundly damaging for many people in our society.”
Ms Sturgeon will close the party’s conference by telling delegates that the nations of the UK and the Republic of Ireland, will “always be the closest of friends, always be family”.
However, she is expected to say the four home nations can “achieve a better relationship, a true partnership of equals, when we win Scotland’s independence”.
A Survation poll published on Friday highlighted a number of areas of concern for Ms Sturgeon, who is trying to force a second referendum in eight years on the question of Scottish independence.
The survey, based on interviews carried out on September 28 and 29 with 1,011 aged 16 and over living in Scotland, found that just 38 percent thought the SNP was performing well in terms of the NHS, 43 percent in terms of education policy, and 35 percent in terms of housing policy, to name but three.
Express.co.uk has contacted the SNP to offer Ms Sturgeon a chance to respond to Ms Ballantyne’s remarks.
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