Now that is Scottish humour! Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon poked fun at Theresa May. She turned up at the party conference in Glasgow armed with a pack of Strepsils. The joke was a reference to Theresa May’s infamous speech last month which turned into a nightmare as it was overshadowed by a persistent cough, amongst other mishaps. During her speech, Nicola Sturgeon took aim at a number of Conservative policies, calling for an end to austerity which she branded: “heartless, shameful and self- defeating.”
to poke fun at to make fun of / to turn up to appear / pack here, box / infamous well-known for the wrong reasons / to be overshadowed by to be marked by /
cough pushing of air violently and noisily through the throat, esp when you have a cold or sore throat / mishap incident / to take, took, taken aim at here, to attack, criticise / to brand to call, qualify as / heartless unfeeling, insensitive / shameful disgraceful, scandalous / self-defeating going against its very own objectives.