Feeding English readers of the Times and the Spectatory with comfortable myths, the notion that Ross and Sarwar are teamed-up is one of his funniest. He writes:
For the second week in a row, Douglas Ross used his time at first minister’s questions to ask about crime and Anas Sarwar used his to inquire into the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital’s disagreeable habit of allowing patients to catch deadly infections. And for the second week in a row, Nicola Sturgeon received a drubbing, a doing, a shoeing — call it what you will — that might be more widely remarked upon if more people watched these encounters.
The Ross-Sarwar tag team crime-and-health assault on the first minister’s record has proved so effective I begin to wonder whether the opposition parties might quietly be sharing their plans for attack in advance of these weekly encounters.https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ross-sarwar-tag-team-has-sturgeon-on-the-ropes-pcm9fxwhm
Remember, the leader debates when Sarwar, all Sixth Form Prefect, told Ross to ‘grow up?’
That they both use the same topics repeatedly, health, crime and schools, is not evidence of team spirit but rather that they have nothing else but picking at infinitely improvable services in a proxy war, careless of the morale of workers, aimed at the SNP.
That this highly capable politician gets ‘a drubbing, a doing, a shoeing‘ just as Ruth Davidson used to fetishize, is tasteless, misogynistic and, of course, evidence that he watches the exchanges without staying for her thorough and rational, rather than pugilistic, dismantling of their arguments.
Finally, that she is on the ropes is wilful or lazy representation of the facts:
And in the Times poll perhaps prompting this Massie:
- Sturgeon plus 12
- Ross minus 38
- Johnson minus 62
- Sarwar minus too much to report?
Ross and Sarwar fall to lowest approval ratings ever.