Stephen Daisley Stephen Daisley

Scotland’s Mean Girls election

(Screengrab from NUS Zoom hustings.)

Presented for whatever is the opposite of your edification, an exchange between the leaders of Scotland’s main political parties.

The setting is Tuesday night’s Holyrood election hustings, hosted via Zoom by the National Union of Students. We begin with Nicola Sturgeon accusing Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross of being inconsistent on who gets credit for the Covid vaccination programme in Scotland.

Nicola Sturgeon: Make your mind up.

Douglas Ross: No, I was saying your rollout was poor. Your rollout was poor.

NS: But the point is, the UK chose to—

DR: But answer the question—

It’s like watching a very dressed-down remake of Mean Girls. Totally not fetch.

NS: —procure in the way that it did and you’re saying it couldn’t have done that and Scotland couldn’t have chosen to do that with the other UK nations had we been a member of the EU. That is quite simply not true. We procured the vaccine in the same way, every year, as we procure the flu vaccine, and you don’t need to tell me how many people have been vaccinated with the first dose, I spend every day overseeing the programme. So stop talking down our vaccination programme for political purposes—

DR: I’m not. I’m talking down—

NS: —it is disgraceful to seek to do that.

DR: No, it’s disgraceful to suggest that you could do that.

Moderator: Okay. Thank you very much, folks. Thank you very much, folks.

Anas Sarwar: A great example to children and young people across the country this is. Fantastic.

Mod: Thank you. I do think it’s— Nicola, you’re on mute there.

NS: —this sitting on the fence on everything might be good for a while but sooner or later in politics you have to decide which side you’re on.

AS: Was that targeted at me, sorry?

DR: I think if she’s speaking about sitting on the fence, it was definitely targeted at you, Anas.

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