Nicola Sturgeon made ‘basic mistake’ says Tony Miklinski
During an interview with Express.co.uk, Tony Miklinski highlighted the SNP leader’s recent breach of her own coronavirus rules when she was pictured without a face-mask on at a wake in December. Mr Miklinski added that Nicola Sturgeon should be setting a better example as the national leader for Scotland.
The Scottish Conservative said: “I think for a leader to make a basic mistake like that is wrong on several levels.
“First of all, on a personal level, she should just be more careful.
“As a national leader with staff around her to advise and support her, she should certainly not be giving any kind of public message that she is different or somehow entitled or special.
“In fact, she should go the opposite direction and show that she is taking it even more seriously than anyone else. She is leading by example.”
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He continued: “I see the familiarity with power creeping into Nicola Sturgeon’s behaviour.
“It makes her less sensitive, she is feeling increasingly confident about who she is and what she is going to do because of the opinion polls.
“I think that it gets into her psyche.”
During the same interview, Mr Miklinski issued a warning to Ms Sturgeon that “the clock is ticking” on her tenure as Scotland’s First Minister.
Sturgeon: ‘Clock is ticking’ for SNP leader says Miklinski
Mr Miklinski said: “She has had the levers of power over all the devolved areas such as education and health for more than a decade.
“She has tried and failed to make any difference in quality, mostly things have got worse.
“If she can not turn that around in 13 years, then the issue is who in the SNP wants to replace her.
“Who thinks they can have a better go? Will Alex Salmond come back into the picture? That has got to be worrying her.
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“She must in her own thoughts think ‘is this worth it?’.”
He added: “I am sure she thinks she can’t give anything away until she has got through Holyrood.
“But if we can hold our nerve through that then the clock is ticking for her.”
The First Minister appears however to have been rewarded for her conduct during the pandemic as recent polls have placed the SNP on track for a comfortable majority in May’s Scottish elections.
A SavantaComRes poll conducted between January 8 and 13 of 1,016 Scottish adults showed Ms Sturgeon’s party is projected to win 71 of the 129 seats available in the Scottish Parliament.
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