SCOTLAND is set to ‘call it a day’ on being ‘ignored by Tory prime ministers’ Nicola Sturgeon said.
Speaking at an event at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland’s First Minister said unpopular Tory leaders were one of the reasons Scotland left the Union.
The ONP The Leader said Tory leadership candidate Liz Truss’ vow to “ignore” her if she became prime minister was an insult not just to her but to Scotland.
The comments, Sturgeon said, meant Truss was “effectively ignoring” the will of the Scottish people.
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The Prime Minister said this during a discussion hosted by Times Radio anchor Aisha Hazarika. She was joined by political comedians Rosie Holt and Jeff Northcutt.
When asked who she wanted to win between Truss and Rishi Sunak, Sturgeon said, “That’s not the point.”
She continued: “None of them are going to win an election in Scotland.
“What are Margaret Thatcher, John Major, David Cameron doing, Theresa May, Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss – what do they all have in common? They would never win an election in Scotland.
“I often feel sorry for people in England because their choices are terrible.
“You have the Tory leadership fiasco and then you have Keir Starmer who seems determined to be a pale imitation Tori and trying to get out –Brexit Tories not ready to stand up and actually be anything or believe in anything.
“It’s really hard, but at least the people in England voted for this nonsense. People in Scotland don’t.
“We’re stuck with it regardless of how we vote, and that’s one of the many reasons why Scotland should be independent and one of the reasons I think we will.”
When asked about Truss’ remark about her “getting attention,” Sturgeon said, “I just think it’s a little silly. First, attracting attention, and I think Liz probably knows this, is part of your job as a politician.
“You have to draw attention to your politics and the things you stand for and believe in.
“But to call me an attention seeker is her view and I can give it my all, she should probably be warned about it beforehand.
“But the more serious comment that I should be ignored, you know there are people in my family that have been saying that for years, that’s not new,” she joked.
Sturgeon said that while some may not like her, she was elected Scottish leader after the SNP became the country’s largest party.
She continued: “But I am the democratically elected first minister of Scotland and you can only be in that position if you are voted in by a significant number of people in Scotland.
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“So when she said she thought I should be ignored, I think a lot of people in Scotland heard her saying that the democratic vote and the Scottish election should be ignored and basically the country should be ignored – and I don’t I don’t think it’s appropriate.
“I think you’re going to see that people in Scotland are getting more and more tired and impatient, they’re sick and tired of being ignored by their Conservative prime minister, and we’re going to, I think, stop there.”
Truss sparked outrage after her comments about FM “ignoring” her and labeling her an “attention seeker”.
While her campaign team later declined to comment, saying she would work with the Scottish Government, Truss doubled down on another leadership scramble.