Nicola Sturgeon is turning into a demagogue

Now she's whipping up a Twittermob against a journalist who criticised her.

Brendan O'Neill

Hold on. How come when Boris Johnson has a pop at a journalist it’s proof that Britain is descending into Trumpist, demagogic lunacy, yet when Nicola Sturgeon does it she’s hailed as a ‘QUEEN’ bravely defending herself against the Evil Media?

Sturgeon got her Trump on in relation to the BBC’s Sarah Smith. On a BBC News broadcast, Ms Smith (very accurately, in my view) said the first minister of Scotland has ‘enjoyed the opportunity’ to set her own lockdown rules and not have to follow England’s lead. Within minutes of her uttering this very mild political observation, the creepy ScotsNat wing of Twitter had exploded and Scottish observers were fuming over the temerity of a journalist to question that bravest of hearts, Nicola Sturgeon.

Sturgeon herself, taking a leaf from The Donald’s book, tweeted her queenly displeasure with the uppity Ms Smith. She quote-tweeted someone describing Ms Smith and her BBC report as ‘shameful’ and said that ‘never in my political career have I “enjoyed” something less than this’.

Just imagine if Boris, or any other member of his cabinet, had implicitly approved of the branding of a questioning journalist as ‘shameful’. It would be 2021 before we heard the end of it. In this case, though, the chorus of outrage has been on Nic’s side against the cocky reporter. ‘Backlash’, trilled the National. ‘Nicola Sturgeon hits back at BBC journalist’, reported Edinburgh Live.

When Boris or Trump criticise journalists, they are being arrogant strongmen and are dragging their countries towards something eerily like fascism. When Sturgeon does it she is bravely hitting back. It can only be a matter of time before some millennial media outlet does a piece on ‘The 10 Times Nicola Sturgeon Snapped Back YAS’.

#SackSarahSmith started trending on Twitter, as an army of intolerant nationalists and woke leftists demanded Ms Smith’s scalp for the speechcrime of mildly criticising Sturgeon. The mob didn’t get Smith sacked, but they did extract a retraction. Smith withdrew her ‘mistake’ and said she had meant to say that Sturgeon was ’embracing’, rather than ‘enjoying’, the power devolution has given her to set Scotland’s lockdown rules.

And there you have it. A journalist brought to heel. A reporter reprimanded and put back in her box for daring to criticise the first minister. You’ve all been warned: question Sturgeon and she will help to whip up a Twittermob against you. And next time you might not be so lucky to get away with it by simply retracting your comments.

The witch-hunting of a journalist over one word uttered in a TV news report captures how intolerant Scottish nationalism is becoming. It confirms Sturgeon’s authoritarian streak, and the Scottish National Party’s illiberal instincts.

The SNP increasingly comes off as one of the most illiberal parties in western Europe. It has turned Scotland into a laboratory of authoritarian ideas. From minimum pricing on alcohol (that is, sin taxes) to the mad Named Persons scheme that would have assigned every child born in Scotland a state overseer, from the policing and censorship of ‘offensive’ chants at football matches to a new hate-speech bill that stipulates that even playwrights could be arrested for writing ‘hateful’ material, Scotland has become a hotbed of reactionary, censorious thinking. The shaming and harassment of Sarah Smith is in keeping with this puritanical outlook.

Smith was right. People with their heads screwed on can see that. It strikes many of us that Sturgeon is relishing in her ability to break off from England when it comes to the nature of the lockdown, and in continuing to enforce a strict, onerous lockdown north of the border. After all, mangling freedom is what the SNP does best.

This is just my political view. Please don’t arrest me next time I visit Scotland.

Brendan O’Neill is editor of spiked and host of the spiked podcast, The Brendan O’Neill Show. Subscribe to the podcast here. And find Brendan on Instagram: @burntoakboy

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Alison Lowther

8th July 2020 at 1:49 pm

She is and always has been, power crazy. She does not care about the people only about herself and her desire to have control over others. I found this out when I met her 10years ago when I attended a discussion at holyrood . I worked with addiction and we were advocating for decriminalization as Portugal have done with success. When I had chance to talk with her one to one, I asked her views and she totally went off on one about increasing the ‘war on drug’s and locking everyone up! Give me Maggie thatch any day lol. Seriously bad for Scotland and she is using the people who want independence to fulfill her own power fantasies

Andrew Levens

1st June 2020 at 7:59 am

Sturgeon speaks for one of the UK nations with a population slightly over half the size of London. In other words a tin pot mini state. So who can blame her for behaving like a south american dictator? how else is she to be noticed? It’s up to us if we listen or not. She has used coronavirus to emphasise the separateness of her fiefdom, holding westminster style press conferences. Some conservatives seem to take the prospect of scottish independence as something to be avoided at all costs. Presumably because of the hunting and fishing. I’m happy for scotland to stay part of the union, but if they really want to go then fine, at least we won’t see so much of Sturgeon in the news.

Peasemold Gruntfuttock

30th May 2020 at 9:28 am

Surely, if one eschews the tw*tterati by uninstalling the bloody app thing, then at least a partial immunity to the idiocy can ensue?

Mike Coops

24th May 2020 at 8:03 pm

Sturgeon Is kidding herself and to date many have been fooled into thinking she is acting in their best interests. It’s the Nicola show and whilst she continues in one breath to knock Johnson and the Torys,in the next her SNP go cap in hand to Westminster for more funds for Scotland. If she had her way Scotland would sit at home whilst England paid for it,so she needs to stay alert…albeit a phrase she doesn’t recognise and start getting Scotland up and running. It’s going to be harder for Scotland and least England have started. The woman has always enjoyed setting her own agenda,the journalist is and was right.

Ian Davies

25th May 2020 at 10:48 pm

The fact that she can decide to continue a lockdown for which someone else must pay for shows the ludicrousness of the system. Another complete mess left by Blair. Why Westminster doesn’t say do what you want but the furlough systems ends when England stops lockdown I will never know. Instead they say it continues to October so she can sit back and revel in her power to ruin people’s lives.

Fiona Evans

23rd May 2020 at 10:20 am

Scotland seems to have swapped the religious fanatics of the C16th (like John Knox) for political fanatics in the C21st (the SNP). They share the same puritanical, intolerant mindset and the urge to be interfering busybodies, incapable of just letting people live their lives as they see fit.

Ian Davies

25th May 2020 at 10:50 pm

To put it simply Fiona, they are fascists.

Michael Fereday

21st May 2020 at 1:54 pm

I am a strong believer that every nation gets the leaders they deserve; the Scots have Nicola Sturgeon! Without exception, NS and her party of ‘nationalist-socialists’ are a disgrace to the UK; if they really want to leave the Union, just let the English vote on the issue and they would seize the opportunity to save a lot of English money.

Neil McCaughan

21st May 2020 at 11:10 am

It will be interesting to see what a thorough examination of Sturgeon’s cover up of the infections at the Nike Conference, and her catastrophic failure to protect the elderly in care homes will have on the credulous halfwits who support her. One suspects that dim as the nats are, they’ll begin to baulk at the constant diarrhoea of lies and excuses that streams from her rat trap.

Danny Rees

20th May 2020 at 11:12 pm

Brendan think it’s fine for journalists to criticise Nicola Sturgeon but woe betide she defend herself from such criticism. Oh no that’s whipping up an intolerant Twitter mob.

And it’s fine for Boris or Trump to criticise journalists but if someone like Sturgeon does it it’s whipping up the Twitter mob.

Yeah Brendan whatever.

Neil McCaughan

21st May 2020 at 10:47 am

Nice to see Danny defending a corrupt ranting fascist instead of his usual rapist clients.

Mike Coops

24th May 2020 at 8:07 pm

I don’t think you’ve quite understood the article…maybe a second read might enable you to grasp it.

Ness Immersion

20th May 2020 at 8:28 pm

One of the more popular versions of the Natz is:
Spiteful Nannying Party.

It is certainly evident in their attacks on the budgets of the poorest families in their support for:
1)Minimum pricing only affecting those in the market for a sub £4.00 bottle of wine or equivalent.
2)Support for expensive electricity so granny can’t afford to heat her flat in winter but the subsidy goes to the big landlords & corporations who are part of the green / industrial complex.
3)Discouraging cheap gas or shale gas despite fracking being used offshore for over 20 years and the first shale oil being produced in Scotland in the 19thC


20th May 2020 at 3:51 pm

Sarah Smith’s recent daily reports to camera for BBC News about the Salmond trial were of a deliberate and consistent character, and would have left a viewer who wasn’t following the trial particularly closely under the strong impression that Salmond was guilty as hell no matter what the jury decided, i.e. an impression favourable to Wee Krankie’s wing of the SNP. Professionally, Smith’s reports were an absolute disgrace which shamed journalism. But the line of her reporting was so repeated and so consistent over several pieces to camera over several days, it had obviously been approved.

What comes round goes round, Sarah hen….Devil, long spoon etc…..just ‘cos you’re a hereditary member of the Nomenklatura doesn’t mean they won’t dump on you, love.

Neil McCaughan

21st May 2020 at 10:49 am

Salmond’s counsel was overheard admitting his guilt.

Walter Mitty

21st May 2020 at 3:06 pm

I don’t like Salmond but this is completely untrue.

Salmond’s lawyer was overheard saying Salmond was sex pest and not nice to work for but he said his client was not criminal so that is not admitting his client was guilty. Salmond was accused of criminal acts.

Jim Lawrie

24th May 2020 at 1:30 pm

Your post is hearsay and malicious gossip.

Immediately after the verdict Surgeon declared publicly that it was not to be discussed.

Your hatred of all things SNP is knee jerking you to put a cross where they put a tick. That has brought you, inevitably, to forcing a cross and a tick in the same box.

Sturgeon is already on an illegal extra year for this Parliament, and will extend the current session to 6 years under this emergency.

Mike Coops

24th May 2020 at 8:12 pm

Surely not all those women were mistaken or was it a police cock up.

SDL Earle

20th May 2020 at 2:07 pm

More historical illiteracy. Firstly, peace wasnt the main reason for union. Having a common language, religion and culture is what made the union workable. Hence why, for example, unions like Austria-Hungary didnt work.
Secondly, youve made an amateur mistake by confusing Scots with jacobites. Most Scots actually supported the hanoverians whilst many in England were jacobites. Stop watching braveheart and read a book for gods sake.


22nd May 2020 at 4:40 pm

Yes, a very complex history.

General Charles de Gaulle was of Jacobite stock (which may explain a lot!). The vast majority of Scots were not, but supported this aristocratic cause due to clan fealties (and the attendant risk of being dispossessed, should they not give their support), traditional deference to the clan chiefs, etc. The Scottish Jacobite population of was very small. I have a recollection of reading that it was only approximately 15,000 in 1745, when the entire Scottish population was around 1.2 million.

There were Jacobite supporters amongst the English ruling-class; the 1st Duke of Malborough at times seemed to support the Jacobite cause (sometimes to the point of treason), despite repeatedly trashing the Jacobite supporting French.

Iwan Hughes

24th May 2020 at 1:29 pm

I think rather that he was referring to Covenanters.

Ven Oods

20th May 2020 at 9:56 am

It cuts both ways, of course. You can’t demand unbiased news reporting from one ‘side’ of the media divide and not the other.
Sarah Smith could have gotten away with her comment as part of an opinion piece or discussion programme, but this was the news item.
I don’t welcome biased news from whichever direction, and Smith’s opinion is just that, however much one might think it correct.

Walter Mitty

20th May 2020 at 4:09 pm

Unbiased reporting is a myth. Yes there is blatant bias at certain outlets/reporters but everything including news has some degree of bias.

Reporters/journalists should be more transparent so readers/viewers can make their own minds up based on all factors.

Mor Vir

20th May 2020 at 9:45 am

Sarah Smith has said that she chose her word carelessly, she meant that Nicola had ’embraced’ devolved powers, and that it was a bit odd to say that she was ‘enjoying’ c 19. Nicola simply said that she had never enjoyed anything less.

Walter Mitty

20th May 2020 at 9:55 am

The clarification to “embraced” was also attacked by the Sturgeon/Cybernats and Smith then buckled to an apology after that Sturgeon declares the matter finished so it wasn’t that simple. Attacking journalists is part of their MO.

Sturgeon is more Trump than Trump as he can’t get journalists to apologise.

Walter Mitty

20th May 2020 at 8:14 am

The Sturgeon/SNP are very Trumpian in the way the attack journalists except they’ve been doing it longer than Trump i the political sphere, its all part of their mindset that the media, especially London, BBC etc., is biased against them.

Sarah Smith is now a lame duck in that role covering Scotland as she will now get targeted for attack every single time she says something that the SNP/Cybernats don’t like in the hope she will retract like she did on this occasion.

Smith shouldn’t have offered first the clarification and then the apology as the original comment was accurate. Sturgeon is drunk on the power and is grandstanding as often as possible. It reeks of look at me I’m a stateswoman.

Sturgeon is a snake oil salesman and she sells emotion as her policies have been terrible and they should have seen the end of her as leader but she continues. The SNP people are very obedient in many ways.

Question Everythin

19th May 2020 at 11:31 pm

I do often wonder when the penny will drop and Scots remember the history of the birth of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, it was their Scottish kind who “dragged” Scotland into the Union, despite the fact he could’ve easily ruled the two separately as many monarchs did back then.
If anything we English should have a referendum to see if we want to be part of the UK, we were never asked. Maybe we should leave and go indie, leave the other 3 to it. Save a fortune not having to pay out via the Barnet formula. Imagine we English could have free prescriptions for change.

SDL Earle

20th May 2020 at 11:22 am

Being a part of the United Kingdom doesn’t prevent prescriptions in England from being “free”. Theyre not free in Scotland either. The devolved parliament has to decide how it spends its budget. If prescriptions are free then some other service must have its budget cut. So calm yourself down you helmet.


20th May 2020 at 11:37 am

The union of the thrones of Scotland and England/Wales only came about in 1603 as James V1/1’s father Lord Darnley shared the same grandmother Margaret , Queen of Scotland as Mary Queen of Scotland. Queen Margaret was the sister of Henry V111 and so King James was related to Queen Elizabeth. His mother’s beheading disqualified him from inheriting through her. Britain came about in 1707 (and Great Britain 1801) , but Jacobin fighting continued until 1745-the Scottish were defeated. It was never an alliance of equals but meant to prevent Scotland hindering England’s expansion as they had a habit of siding with England’s enemy , France. As we are no longer likely to invade each others countries this fairly recent construct could be dismantled and countries return to their earlier independence.

SDL Earle

20th May 2020 at 11:48 am

More historical illiteracy. Firstly, peace wasnt the main reason for union. Having a common language, religion and culture is what made the union workable. Hence why, for example, unions like Austria-Hungary didnt work.
Secondly, youve made an amateur mistake by confusing Scots with jacobites. Most Scots actually supported the hanoverians whilst many in England were jacobites. Stop watching braveheart and read a book for gods sake.

Stephen J

19th May 2020 at 11:27 pm

There is a whiff coming from Scotland.

Smells like fish.

Or pish.

I seem to remember from my history, that it was Scotland that came to the English for help when they bankrupted themselves and were accepted into the union, what is now known as the UK. Ever since they were bailed out, they have been demanding to leave.

There is no helping some folk.

SDL Earle

20th May 2020 at 12:46 pm

How can you be accepted into a union that doesn’t exist? One country cant be a union.
Without it, neither England or Scotland would have been powerful enough to fight Napoleon’s France or two world wars against Germany. The english language would not have the dominance it does now.

Stephen J

20th May 2020 at 4:13 pm

We were a union between England, Ireland, Wales and Cornwall, notwithstanding some pretty significant independent nations that are now known as “counties” or “shires”, like the immensely wealthy City of London (still largely independent) and Westminster, and Yorkshire.

Within Ireland there are four separate kingdoms, Munster, Connaught, Ulster and Leinster. The English only ever really controlled the eastern side of Leinster, from Dublin down to Wexford. The Irish used to refer to that part of Ireland as “beyond the pale”.

The union that was for centuries known as England, was strictly speaking, only the eastern counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

Until the time that Scotland was absorbed, the totality was known as England, and it was at that time that it was renamed as “The United Kingdom”.

…And I haven’t even mentioned the nearly six thousand islands that are also part of the union.

Rock on, Rockall.

As to languages, although the official language is known as English, there are several major Celtic languages that are still spoken within their relevant localities, there are hundreds of local dialects, some of which are incomprehensible to others. Also remember that English is the second most spoken language on the planet, after Mandarin, and naturally the speakers of those various regions have altered spellings and added their own words, which have been incorporated into the whole.

It is at once, the simplest and most complex language to learn, since only some of it follows Latin or Greek rules.

We could not have “won” (disputable) any of the wars, without massive contributory effort from other English speakers across the globe. Indeed, alone, it is doubtful whether would could punch our way out of a paper bag, these days.

David McAdam

19th May 2020 at 9:43 pm

Many of us Scots feel burdened and frustrated by this crusty woman and her fake nationalist crew in office. We despair at her relentless combative tone and rabid obsession in opposing Westminster at every turn and damn the consequences. She sees this present episode as nothing more nor less than another chance at pushing the nationalist agenda – counterfeit it is. As for her supporters on Twitter. They’re just a vacuous noise that ought to be treated as one would treat a carbon crusted exhaust backfiring.


19th May 2020 at 7:54 pm

I don’t like Sturgeon and her chippy attitude, and total lack of experience of anything outside Scotland, but I think it is clear that Scotland must be an independent country and take responsibility for itself. Either the Scots must leave or they must be removed because the status quo cannot continue.

David McAdam

19th May 2020 at 9:52 pm

Don’t be fooled by her rhetoric. She is fond of parroting the line “We the people of Scotland” knowing full well she does not speak on behalf of the majority of us. Not a few of us put her voice on mute whenever she appears on TV or radio. I’d rather subject myself to someone scratching their nails down the surface of a blackboard.


19th May 2020 at 10:08 pm

I’ve lived in Scotland and England and really don’t understand why the Scots choose to remain in the ‘union’. The Irish had to fight and die for freedom. The Scots have it handed to them on a plate and they still refuse — strange, servile race.

Neil McCaughan

21st May 2020 at 10:53 am

Unusually stupid comment. We rejected the SNP’s crackpot “independence” scheme in 2014.

Ian Wilson

19th May 2020 at 7:31 pm

Frankly there it’s nothing funnier than winding up the Scots (as an Englishman), mentioning history, the Barnet formula etc. Light the blue touch paper and withdraw…


19th May 2020 at 7:21 pm

It is only fair that Scotland gets another referendum , and as a small population they can do online voting. Hopefully they will vote for Scottish independence (and EU dependence ) but if not another loss should mean a period of political silence. Quite ‘brave’ of Nicola Sturgeon to get into a fight with the powerful Smith family .


19th May 2020 at 10:16 pm

Nothing ‘brave’ about it. Smith is a Labour stooge who needs to understand that her country simply cannot continue to parasite off England as it has done for 300 years (with disastrous consequences for Scotland’s culture, politics, economy and self-respect). Sarah Smith and all the unionist fundamentalists needs to do some proper research into the history of their own country.


John Pretty

19th May 2020 at 5:45 pm

Scots Nationalists are everywhere on the alternative media sphere. They’re like ants. I don’t mind them too much, being half Scottish myself and having too many splinters on my bum obtained by sitting on the fence for too long on the issue of “independence”.

For a while I went full on for indy last year, but found the angry caber rattlers to be just too extreme. A Left wing commentator (who shall remain nameless) wrote earlier this year – before his defection to the Covid Party – that the SNP thrives on discontent.

They must keep up the pretence of oppression at the hands of the auld enemy in order to keep Scots from forgetting just how much they need and want “independence”.

Of course, fishie Nickers is only too willing to oblige when it comes to turning the thumbscrews, even on her fellow Scotsmen and women. Sarah Smith, of course being also Scottish.


19th May 2020 at 10:14 pm

Independence would be the best thing for Scotland (and England). It would force the Scots to take economic and political responsibility for themselves. The Scots want to create a Scandinavian-style economy and society based on principles of natural justice, rejecting the Thatcherite model of South-East England that has caused so much misery throughout the UK. The UK has the second worse economic and social inequality in the developed world (after the US) and still the idiot unionists try to convince us that this artificially enforced poverty is somehow ‘good for Scotland’. Only full independence will bring prosperity and natural justice to Scotland.


Ven Oods

20th May 2020 at 9:59 am

“The Scots want to create a Scandinavian-style economy”
They do? When did they vote a majority for that?

Jerry Owen

20th May 2020 at 12:28 pm

You know nothing about the Scots, but judging by your banal post you certainly know about the Scotch.

Mor Vir

19th May 2020 at 5:31 pm

The unionist attacks on Nicola are starting to look pretty desperate and contrived.

Scots and others are widely impressed with her performance in the c 19 crisis. She has totally avoided politicising the situation, and she has calmly calculated with her administration what is best for Scotland.

It really looks childish when unionists blurt out that ‘she is enjoying it, she is enjoying it, she is cynically taking opportunities.’ People expect and demand better than shallow, baseless, sectarian attacks.

I would not call it shameful so much as shameless. We should all guard against lowering ourselves to a petty, sectarian level, whether we agree with her policies or not. It never does anyone any good and we really do not need any more of that.

This is from this afternoon:

> Nicola Sturgeon voted ‘most impressive politician’ in poll

SCOTLAND’S First Minister has been named the “most impressive politician” in the c oronav irus crisis by a poll of nearly 3000 people from across the UK.

The survey comes after a Scottish Government poll last week found 84% of Scots were in favour of the First Minister’s slow and steady approach to the c oronav irus lockdown. – The National

SDL Earle

19th May 2020 at 6:02 pm

How can you say the SNP are victims of sectarianism? All my life ive found scotnatz to be the most unreasonable and historically illiterate shower of bigots to walk the land.
If we sound desperate, its because we are. Desperate to see improvements in health, education and housing that weve been promised by these charlatans for 13 years. We are still waiting. In fact, these limited areas of governance that our apparently beloved administration have responsibility for have all steadily regressed whilst dear nicola swans around talking shite about things that dont concern her. She and her party aren’t all that popular here, we are being held hostage by a minority executive who are fawned over by leftwing media south of the border. Its laughable.

Jonnie Henly

19th May 2020 at 7:37 pm

Maybe you should tell the rest of Scotland to stop voting for the SNP then instead of fretting about “left wing media” in England.

Jerry Owen

19th May 2020 at 7:45 pm

Little Jonnie.
Time to admit you’ve changed your name in the past. I see you ran away on the other thread…

Jonnie Henly

20th May 2020 at 3:03 am

Nope, never changed my name Jerry. No doubt you’ll run away from here again.

Jerry Owen

20th May 2020 at 8:09 am

You know you have and I know you have.

Jonnie Henly

20th May 2020 at 4:55 pm

You know I haven’t, I know I haven’t and so does everyone else.

SDL Earle

20th May 2020 at 9:40 am

The rest of scotland? Considering they got around a million votes out of a population of over 5 million and they’re a minority government, I dont have to convince fellow Scots of their shortcomings. As for English leftists, theyre bitterness regards brexit has driven them mad to the point they spitefully wish to see the country split up. Incase you havent noticed, Scotland is the only part of the kingdom to actually vote on the union. And guess what, it was a landslide for unity.

Neil McCaughan

21st May 2020 at 10:56 am

The nationalist defence of the corrupt and incompetent administration of the crazed hag looks increasingly desperate and contrived.

As indeed it is.

Time to scrap the utter failure which is the Scottish “parliament”.

Jonnie Henly

19th May 2020 at 5:29 pm

If Boris Johnson had done such a thing…….. Brendan would be on here writing an article about how he was 100% correct to push back against the evil mainstream media, not to mention those who dare to post their opinions on Twitter.

And anyone who criticised Johnson would be illiberal and censorious, and “woke” of course!

Andrew Mawdsley

19th May 2020 at 6:17 pm

I’m sorry Jonnie but that’s absolute nonsense. BoN is no Johnson apologist and has frequently ridiculed BJ and his government’s handling of many issues.

Sturgeon is a populist (a term that is widely ridiculed in papers south of the border) who plays to the gallery.

It would be a different issue if the people of England were given a say on the continuence of Scotland to remain as part of the union. I feel she and the rest of her clan may get their fingers burnt by the animosity that she herself had fostered by an emboldened English separatism (if only it were given a chance to flourish).

Devolved governments are all well and good when they still suckle at the providers teet. Let them fend for themselves and we’ll see how they fair.

Jonnie Henly

19th May 2020 at 7:36 pm

You’re ignoring the fact that Sturgon and the SNP wouldn’t care in the slightest if the rest of the UK voted for them to leave.

That’s what they want to happen. It’s amazing how many SNP bashers can’t see that their rhetoric plays right into the SNPs hands.

The last time anyone was given a say on Scottish independence the English SNP bashers were firmly in favour of the continuation of the union.

Mark Beal

19th May 2020 at 4:53 pm

There is something fishy in the would-be state of Scotland.


19th May 2020 at 10:11 pm

It’s called the ‘union’ with England. A noose around Scotland’s neck and the cause of 100 years of continuous economic decline…

Dominic Straiton

19th May 2020 at 4:09 pm

The Scotch National Socialist Workers Party at work

David McAdam

19th May 2020 at 9:47 pm

A counterfeit nationalist party that masquerades as all things to all men for the sake of gaining power – liberal in the north of Scotland, ‘socialist’ in the central belt but thankfully we have a genuine Conservative Party member here in the Borders.


19th May 2020 at 10:09 pm

‘A genuine conservative party in the Borders’ that is unlikely ever to attain power in Scotland ever again.


Jerry Owen

19th May 2020 at 3:49 pm

She looks quite old in the photo above… I don’t mean anything by it, just saying!


19th May 2020 at 10:10 pm

Spoken like a true gent, Methuselah…

James Knight

19th May 2020 at 3:22 pm

Sturgeon reaches Peak Trump.

Gordon Y Gopher

19th May 2020 at 3:20 pm

Sturgeon’s sock is getting sweatier by the day.

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