Nicola Sturgeon was brutally shut down by Sky News' Sophy Ridge on Sunday in an angry debate over the coronavirus pandemic's impact on her record a
Nicola Sturgeon was brutally shut down by Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday in an angry debate over the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on her record as First Minister. The SNP leader alluded to the impact of covid in getting her job done but Ridge grilled her on the ministers record before the pandemic. The Sky presenter reeled off a series of damming stats which revealed plummetting exam pass rates for Scottish kids under her as First Minister. But the Scot imemdiately turned on the defence and insisted that covid has impacted everyone.
Ms Sturgeon said: “We’ve made significant progress but we still got work to do.
“We would undoubtedly have made more progress had we not faced the disruption as everybody has faced over the past year with Covid.”
But Ridge jumped in and said: “You can’t blame this all on the pandemic.”
But in a jumpy moment, Ms Sturgeon suddenly interjected: “I didn’t! I didn’t!”
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Ridge continued to reel off statistics including exam pass rate figures in Scotland which have plummeted under Sturgeons watch from 79% in 2015 to 75% now.
But the First Minister quickly brought the conversation back to covid’s impact on her ability to lead Scotland.
Ms Sturgeon replied: “Just to be clear Sophy, I think people listening to me would not have heard me trying to blame everything on covid!
“Equally I think most people understand that covid has an impact on every aspect of life.”
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Millions of people will be casting votes in local, mayoral and police and crime commissioner elections on Super Thursday – the first polls since 2019.
They were cancelled last year by the pandemic.
Covid rules have restricted campaigning, which was also suspended after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
Voters in Scotland and Wales are choosing new parliaments, and police and crime commissioners are also up for election. A total of 4,650 seats are up for grabs.