Oh dear. Nicola Sturgeon seems to be embarking on a career as Scotland’s answer to Edwina Currie.
The error-prone Tory once grossly overexaggerated the possibility that people could catch salmonella from eggs, creating a serious backlash against egg production in the UK. She later admitted she never stopped eating eggs herself.
Now the SNP leader is trying to convince voters that Jeremy Corbyn is weak with a claim that he has been “overruled by his senior colleagues on Trident” in the run-up to major votes on policies of austerity. Here’s the Graun:
She told the Observer: “This week is a key test of Labour’s credentials under Jeremy Corbyn – and it is a test they dare not fail if they are to be taken remotely seriously as an opposition.
“If Labour do not vote against the Tories’ spending proposals, all of their anti-austerity rhetoric will be exposed as empty bluster and will confirm the SNP as the only serious party of opposition in the Commons.
“Jeremy Corbyn has been overruled by his senior colleagues on Trident, and he cannot allow that to happen on austerity too.”
Ms Sturgeon was referring to the fact that delegates at the Labour conference chose not to have a debate and vote on whether the party would renew the Trident nuclear missle system, when it comes back into office, and her mistake comes from a misunderstanding of how matters are handled by Labour.
It’s called democracy.
This is exactly the kind of behaviour that will delight David Cameron. Ms Sturgeon famously protested that she didn’t want Hameron to be Prime Minister after the election, yet he successfully used her to encourage the electorate to vote for him and now she is, again, supporting his propaganda.
As for Labour’s anti-austerity credentials – perhaps Ms Sturgeon should look closer to home and explain the spending (or lack of it) of her own Scottish government.
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