Nicola Sturgeon‘s admission that she “loathes the 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, spoke after first minister received criticism for her remark when she spoke to the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg yesterday amid 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 exposed Nicola Sturgeon’s true self.
“She is a woman who lacks the elegance, dignity and sadly, but most worryingly, self-awareness to even realize that the bitter hatred she is spewing is a commentary on many Scots, the very people she claims to love and advocate for .”
The “lack of control” shown by Ms Sturgeon in resorting to such rhetoric is “destroying working relationships both with parliamentary colleagues and the UK government”, Ms Ballantyne argued.
She added: “It is a clear indication that she is not the shrewd politician her supporters want her to be, but rather an inept politician who has failed in all areas of public service and clings to power simply by calling and sowing seeds of division. .
“She is an embarrassment to our proud nation of inventors, thinkers and entrepreneurs.
“I think we need to see more of a radical alternative from Labor 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 to deliver the free ports, greenports, as I will do with Deputy First Minister John Swinney and others.”
Swinney was under pressure over his manager’s comments on the BBC’s breakfast show.
He said: “The Prime Minister said she abhorred Conservative policies and the values of the Conservative Party.
“And I relate to those comments.
“Because I think it’s clear that the Conservatives are taking Britain in a direction that is deeply damaging to many people in our society.”
Sturgeon will end the party’s conference by telling delegates that the nations of Britain 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 Scottish independence”.
A Survation survey 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 issue of Scottish independence.
The poll, based on interviews carried out on 28 and 29 September with 1,011 aged 16 and over living in Scotland, found that only 38 per cent thought the SNP did well on the NHS, 43 per cent on education policy and 35 percent in relation to housing policy, to name just three.
Express.co.uk has contacted the SNP to offer Sturgeon a chance to respond to Ms Ballantyne’s remarks.