Quite a few old, often paunchy, white guys seem to have a ‘thing’ about Nicola Sturgeon. I know she is the First Minister, but it’s been getting a bit creepy for a while now. Ruth Davidson revealed its dark appeal for some when she enthused, after Andrew Neil supposedly gave the FM ‘a good kicking.’ That other unreconstructed big beast, Andrew Marr, got right into giving her the sharp edge of his tongue with some carefully selected ‘facts’ back in November.
Iain Macwhirter is more the determined wimp with her.
He writes today, under that headline predicting damage:
NICOLA Sturgeon’s reputation as a master of detail will never be quite the same. Both the Hamilton Inquiry, which says she didn’t mislead parliament, and the Holyrood Harassment Committee, which said she did, are agreed on one thing: the First Minister has “regrettable lapses of memory”, as James Hamilton put it.
What damage does he imagine?
Losing a vote of confidence? Nope.
Losing the next election? Nope.
Oh, well, at least not getting an overall majority? Nope.
He has nothing to go on and he’s been going on about her for a long time.
This month: ‘Moans covering guilt?’
Last December: ‘Uncanny popularity?’
And failing the workers:
Last July: ‘Too prudent?’
Last May: ‘Hopeless and unctuous?’
Last April: ‘Control freak?’
Iain needs to find some new interests.
He doesn’t seem to have written about Douglas Ross since last November when he described him as ‘competent enough.’ Well, he is a man.
As for Ruth Davidson, I see nothing since 2018 when he imagined she and Nicola together, swapping ideologies.
He seems to have found Anas Sarwar too dull for his words. How could he?
Who else could he write about. I know Willie Rennie? Nope.
Patrick Harvie! Nope.
Nigel Farage? Well yes, in 2019 kind of standing up for his right not to be milk-shaked.
Boris Johnson? Several times including a defence of the big man’s place in history.
Hitler? Well quite often but famously in 2010 reminding us that Adolf was a Catholic! Did Kevin McKenna see that one?