Nicola Sturgeon’s plans to push for Scottish independence exposed ‘Just show that on loop’

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Nicola Sturgeon has revealed her SNP Government is in talks with the Scottish Greens over a possible formal co-operation agreement, saying that by working together the two parties “can help build a better future for Scotland”. The First Minister announced details of the talks as she set out her priorities after the SNP won the Holyrood election earlier this month. But Mandy Rhodes, Editor of Holyrood Magazine, believes Ms Sturgeon’s campaign for independence will include Dominic Cummings’ claims made against the Prime Minister.

Speaking to Conservative Home, Ms Rhodes said: “Having watched five hours of Dominic Cummings and marvelling at his ability to not sweat, eat or go to the loo when he basically said Boris Johnson wasn’t fit to be leader.

“I suspect any future campaign for independence could just show that on a loop as its recruiting sergeant.”

Boris Johnson’s former adviser said tens of thousands of people died unnecessarily because of the Government’s failings over coronavirus and Mr Johnson is “unfit for the job” of Prime Minister.

He said Mr Johnson dismissed the pandemic as a “scare story” or the new “swine flu” in early 2020 as the global crisis loomed and then had to be persuaded to lock down in March.

Mr Johnson has since defended himself against the claims.

Asked whether those deaths were due to his “action or inaction”, Mr Johnson said: “No, I don’t think so.

“Of course this has been an incredibly difficult series of decisions, none of which we have taken lightly.”

He insisted that “at every stage we have been governed by a determination to protect life”.

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Asked whether he said he would rather see “bodies pile high” than order a third lockdown, Boris Johnson said: “I have already made my position very clear on that point.

“I’m getting on with the job of delivering the road map that I think is the sensible way forward.”

Mr Johnson has previously denied making the comment, which Dominic Cummings told MPs he heard from the Prime Minister in his Downing Street study.

Asked if Mr Cummings told the truth, Mr Johnson dodged the question.


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Pressed on whether he was arguing with the things Mr Cummings said, the Prime Minister said: “I make no comment on that.”

Apart from his damning assessment of Mr Johnson, Mr Cummings saved his fiercest criticism for Mr Hancock over failings around care homes policy, personal protective equipment (PPE) procurement and his public pledge on a testing target which caused disruption in Whitehall.

During his seven-hour evidence session on Wednesday, Mr Cummings told MPs that the Prime Minister had been told “categorically in March that people will be tested before they went back to care homes” from hospital by Mr Hancock – something which did not happen.

Health Secretary Mr Hancock said the “unsubstantiated” attacks on him by Dominic Cummings are “not true”, as he fought to save his career.

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