Tack­ling Ni­cola is never funny

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News -

WE may be pre­pared to put up with our politi­cians be­ing bor­ing or even stupid, but we tend to be wary when they’re funny. Jack­son Car­law is prov­ing an able in­terim Scots Tory leader dur­ing Ruth David­son’s maternity leave and in last week’s First Min­is­ter’s Ques­tions he dili­gently ex­posed the Scot­tish Govern­ment’s lack of fund­ing for GP prac­tices. How­ever, his aides ad­mit they have had to curb his nat­u­ral in­cli­na­tion to find a joke in every sit­u­a­tion, partly be­cause some is­sues are too se­ri­ous – and partly be­cause they be­lieve Ni­cola Stur­geon ‘does not re­ally do hu­mour’. Ouch!

WHEN Miss Stur­geon added Richard Lochhead to her Cabi­net as a late re­place­ment for Gil­lian Martin – deemed un­suit­able af­ter blog­ging about ‘hairy-knuck­led, lip­stick-wear­ing trans­gen­der lay­dees’ – he had to swot up quickly on the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion brief. So how did Mr Lochhead do this? At the bar, ap­par­ently, dur­ing a trip to his alma mater, Strath­clyde Univer­sity: ‘I went up to Level Eight, which is where I went to watch all the gigs with my mates’. Cheers.

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