Nicola Sturgeon resigns as Scottish First Minister – by instinct, or calculation?

Nicola Sturgeon: she’s making way for somebody fresh.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is resigning after eight years in the role, saying she knew instinctively, “in my head and in my heart” that it is time to step down.

But is there a more calculating aspect to this decision, that has her bowing out when her party, the SNP, is about to hold a special conference on how it should move on the issue of Scottish independence, in light of the UK government’s refusal to engage with plans for a referendum?

Is she hoping that a new, dynamic and charismatic leader will rise to grip the hearts and minds of Scottish people, finding a way to break the deadlock with the Westminster government that she has not seen, due to fatigue?

Let’s not forget that this is the longest-serving leader of the Scottish Parliament, having been in-post for eight years, and an MSP since Holyrood was set up in 1999. If Ms Sturgeon says she is tired, This Writer can sympathise very easily!

One thing I don’t expect to happen is any rethink of the Union and Scotland’s place in it, as some commentators have been suggesting.

The SNP is committed to taking Scotland out of the UK, so any such discussion is redundant to the thinking of its members.

And if anybody in the Westminster parties are inclined to celebrate her departure, This Writer would suggest that they don’t do so too soon.

They don’t know what they’ll be getting next!

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