IT’S hard to argue with Nicola Sturgeon’s record of electoral success.
She and Alex Salmond dragged the SNP from the fringes of UK politics and turned them into a vote-winning machine — destroying Labour in Scotland in the process.
1Nicola Sturgeon’s ruinous domestic policies damaged public services and left Scotland as the drug-death capital of EuropeCredit: GettyBut with nationwide recognition came an arrogance and hubris that not even defeat in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum could quash.
Ultimately, she was proved wrong on everything during her eight year- quest to rip apart the United Kingdom.
Her ruinous domestic policies damaged public services and left Scotland as the drug-death capital of Europe.
During Covid, Sturgeon repeatedly called for longer and deeper lockdowns, while seeking to undermine the UK Government at a time of national crisis.
Having started a totally unnecessary gender-reform war, her refusal to define a woman proved toxic.
And her hopeless hesitation over the trans rapist Isla Bryson dealt her a mortal blow.
Even right to the end, as her dream of independence was dying, she was still arguing that English taxpayers should pay for Scottish pensions.
Sturgeon’s deluded resignation speech performance was typical.
Long on hyperbole, short on reality.
Her claim that she hopes for an end to “irrationality and hysteria” in politics was especially rich from a woman who turned a blind eye to the antics of a poisonous online army of Scots Nat trolls.
Now Sturgeon has jumped before being pushed, the Independence cause will likely be weakened.
Rishi Sunak’s fight to keep the Union strong may have eased.
But Sir Keir Starmer will be hoping her exit ushers in a new winning era for Labour in Scotland.
The PM should beware.
BEN Wallace says he faces an “uphill battle” to secure more defence funding.
He should be banging on an open Treasury door.
The Defence Secretary says 30 years of underinvestment has “hollowed out” our military capability.
Such is the dwindling of our resources that Nato allies France and Germany are openly questioning our commitment.
It’s not too late for Rishi Sunak and his Chancellor to see sense.
Name that loon
WOKE leaders at Kent University are banning any reference to “Christian” names in case it causes religious offence.
They also have a beef with the word “surname”, which they claim reinforces the patriarchy.
What next — protests against “first” and “second” names in case it’s deemed to unfairly encourage competition?
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