I might Pot­ter with fic­tion, says Ni­cola

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - The Agent Boot File -

COULD Ni­cola Stur­geon be a Na­tion­al­ist JK Rowl­ing in the mak­ing? Grilled on TV last week by an au­di­ence of school­child­ren, she re­vealed that as a child her am­bi­tion was to be a chil­dren’s author, adding: ‘Who knows? Maybe in the fu­ture I might do that.’ While she may lack the Harry Pot­ter author’s magic touch, the First Min­is­ter’s poli­cies do sug­gest she has a tal­ent for fic­tion, even if Harry Pot­ter And The Growth Com­mis­sion does sound a bit far-fetched. So far she has failed to cast the in­de­pen­dence spell over Scots with Harry Pot­ter And The Ref­er­en­dum Of Doom.

RE­AL­ITY is not al­ways the SNP’s strong­est suit but Miss Stur­geon did her best when the schoolkids asked her which re­al­ity TV show she would most like to ap­pear on. She was quick to dis­miss Bake Off, say­ing she ‘can’t cook or bake’, while ball­room danc­ing was Strictly not for her as ‘I’ve got two left feet’. But in a pair of skates, she con­ceded, she would quite like to try Danc­ing On Ice. ‘I used to do ice skat­ing quite a lot,’ mused the First Min­is­ter. Some might ar­gue she’s been skat­ing on thin ice ever since.

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