Eating My Words

Nicola Sturgeon is the First Minister of Scotland, and the leader of the Scottish National Party. She is a long-serving politician, and a staunch advocate for Scotland being an independent country, and remaining a member of the EU.

And she also bears a passing resemblance to the Scottish comedian Janette Tough, who performs as a schoolboy character called Jimmy Crankie.

For over twenty years, Sturgeon’s abrasive style and constant harping on about independence really got on my nerves. The sight of her popping up on a TV interview would have me reaching for the remote, either to change channels, or mute the sound.

Then along came Covid-19.

The British government waffled and delayed. The Prime Minister hid inside 10 Downing Street, before going to hide across the river in St Thomas’ Hospital. On his departure from hospital, he rushed off to his second residence in The Chilterns, to hide there. He left others to bungle the handling of the pandemic, hoping to get the sympathy vote for having been ill. That’s if he was ever ill to start with.

Contrast that with Scotland. Their leader, Sturgeon, has been taking control from the start. She gives detailed daily press conferences about exactly what is going on, and even tells the truth about how many deaths have occured in Scotland, and where they have happened too. She answers the questions from repoters without being evasive, or dodging the point. And she uses whatever devolved powers are available to the separate Sottish Government to do her very best for the people in that country.

I never thought I would say this, but she should be the Prime Minister of Britain. She would do a better job than the clowns currently in control.

Well done, Nicola. I am impressed.

So I am eating my words.


    • beetleypete

      According to which surveys you read, the Scots and Northern Irish are still unlikely to vote in a majority for independence. And it is highly unlikely that continuing Conservative governments will even give them the opportunity of a ballot to choose.
      Best wishes, Pete.


  1. theshammuramat


    What do Germany, Taiwan, New Zealand, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Demark all have in common? They’re all led by women, and they’re all fighting Covid-19 competently. German Chancellor Angela Merkel struck a calm and serious tone about Covid-19 early, and – this from CNN’s Max Foster – Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen took swift and aggressive steps in halting travel from mainland China and upping production of protective gear, while New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern acted quickly to ban travel and start a nationwide lockdown.

    Iceland, under the leadership of Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir, is offering free coronavirus testing to all its citizens and will become a key case study in the true spread and fatality rates of Covid-19.

    Wittenberg-Cox notes, while Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin pioneered using social media influencers as key agents in battling the coronavirus.

    Perhaps more female leadership is needed.

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  2. beetleypete

    Good to give credit where it’s due. It seems the lady leaders are doing much better in this, Germany, New Zealand, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Norway, perhaps ladies are better at putting people above profit.

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    • Heyjude

      The OH and I were discussing this just last night, that the countries with female leaders seem to be handling this better. Personally I cannot stand Nicola Sturgeon for many of the reasons you give. And I think Yvette Cooper should have been the Labour Party leader and hopefully a future PM as she talks a lot of sense (just a pity she is married to Ed Balls).

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      • beetleypete

        Merkel and the New Zealand PM have shown a lot of sense too. It seems that women are naturally prone to ignoring the ‘macho bullshit’ we see in almost all male leaders. As for Nicola, I remain impressed. πŸ™‚
        Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. fragglerocking

    Good to give credit where it’s due. It seems the lady leaders are doing much better in this, Germany, New Zealand, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Norway, perhaps ladies are better at putting people above profit.

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