Liz Truss slammed for 'ignore' Sturgeon comment by Purkiss
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The Foreign Secretary labelled the First Minister an “attention-seeker” who should be ignored, while Ms Truss’s ally, Jacob Rees-Mogg, said the Scottish National Party leader is “always moaning”. Political commentator Marina Purkiss hit out at Liz Truss. Speaking on the Jeremy Vine show, she said: “I couldn’t believe what I saw in that clip.
“I thought, does Liz Truss know what she’s doing? Scots feel ignored anyway and she basically said it out loud.
“It made me want Scottish independence and I’m not even Scottish.
“I think she’s misjudged this so catastrophically because bear in mind, she is a Prime Minister hopeful and if she does become Prime Minister, she will be elected by 0.03 percent of the UK electorate.
“Nicola Sturgeon is a serially elected First Minister of Scotland who got 35 percent of the Scottish vote.
“To say you’ll ignore that, I think it’s so provocative and I think she’s swung the pendulum in favour of Scottish independence.”
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said the attack on Ms Sturgeon from someone hoping to be the next occupant of No 10 is “completely and utterly unacceptable”.
Ms Truss, who spent time in Paisley as a youngster, described herself as a “child of the Union” and has claimed that “some Scots love me”.
At Monday night’s leadership hustings she took aim at Ms Sturgeon and her push for another independence referendum in October 2023.
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“She’s an attention-seeker, that’s what she is,” Ms Truss said as she rejected the idea of another plebiscite if she becomes prime minister.
“What we need to do is show the people of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales what we’re delivering for them and making sure that all of our Government policies apply right across the United Kingdom.”
Brexit Opportunities Minister Mr Rees-Mogg doubled down on the attack, telling Sky News on Tuesday: “When she’s waffling on endlessly about having a referendum and going to the Supreme Court and all of this, we need to be saying ‘Hold on – you’re doing this because you’re failing to deliver for the people of Scotland, and the United Kingdom Government will have to deliver for the people of Scotland as well’.”
He added: “I think she’s very often wrong, she’s always moaning, and we need to focus on how the Union benefits people.”
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Mr Swinney said “people in Scotland, whatever their politics, will be absolutely horrified by the obnoxious remarks that Liz Truss has made”.
He told BBC’s Good Morning Scotland: “Nicola Sturgeon has far more democratic legitimacy than Liz Truss is going to have if she becomes the prime minister, and I think Liz Truss has absolutely no right or foundation to make these remarks.”
Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said Ms Truss’ comments were “petty jibes” – but warned that the Tory leadership hopeful is carrying out an “all-out assault on devolution”.
“Stating that all UK Government policy should apply in Scotland, from the party that hasn’t ruled out including the NHS in future trade deals, should concern us all,” he said.
SNP MP Chris Law said Ms Truss’ performance was a display of “utter contempt from the future PM”.
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