‘If we can have IndyRef2, we can change leader!’ Sturgeon’s role not secure with May vote

Sturgeon 'should be replaced if there's a candidate' says expert

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Tony Miklinski told Express.co.uk that replacing Nicola Sturgeon as Scotland’s First Minister during the coronavirus pandemic would not be anywhere as dangerous as holding a second Scottish independence referendum in the aftermath or during the coronavirus pandemic. The Scottish Tory added that Scotland’s priority is having a competent Government and not who the First Minister is.   

Mr Miklinski said: “The notion that to change First Minister in the middle of a pandemic would be dangerous and difficult but having an independence referendum would not…and would be ok to do when we are trying to achieve some form of economic and social recovery from this 12-month pandemic is the crazy notion I have ever heard regardless of your politics.

“So as far as changing First Minister, what we need is a competent Government.

“[Scotland will suffer] if we do not have a competent Government in charge of Scotland, working with the UK to get the economy moving again, to protect jobs, to create growth, because that is the only way out of this.

“These are the priorities, not who is First Minister.”

During the same interview, Mr Miklinski stated Ms Sturgeon’s independence dream will slip away if the Scottish public feels the SNP has been “tarnished” by the ongoing Alex Salmond inquiry.

He outlined that due to the current margins on Scottish independence, it will not take a huge number of voters to change their minds to end the SNP’s independence dream.

Mr Miklinski added that if the SNP are sufficiently tarnished by the ongoing inquiry, voters that are on the fence regarding independence will side against Ms Sturgeon’s party. 

The Scottish Tory said: “It’s the old business, the Bravehearts, the hardcore nationalists will vote for Nicola Sturgeon if she is condemned.

SNP to 'lose confidence' if Sturgeon is 'tarnished' says expert

“No matter what she did, they would vote for her.

“But then we do not need the Bravehearts, they are there no matter what.

“What we need is the people that live on the margin between supporting independence or not.

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“The margins are down in the latest polls to around 4 percent, 52 to 48 was the latest when I saw.”

Mr Miklinski continued: “So we are only talking about 5-10 percent of the voting population, we are not talking about huge numbers here.

“The people who are thinking about this and have respected the way she has looked after Scotland during the pandemic, if her performance is tarnished to a sufficient degree then they are the ones who will say perhaps our confidence in the SNP is misplaced.

“Perhaps our confidence in Nicola Sturgeon is misplaced and we better think again and perhaps not vote for independence.”

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