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EUAN MCCOLM: Nicola Sturgeon used the words ‘I, me and my’ 153 times. She said ‘Scotland’ just 11

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Resignation: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon makes her announcement

She was, until the end, the consummate communicator, the master of deception, the untouchable queen of political evasion. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon held a press conference at her official Edinburgh residence, Bute House, shortly after 11am yesterday and confirmed the rumor that she had shocked the Scottish political establishment in the previous hours.

His resignation speech was riddled with the kind of meaningless platitudes one might expect in such circumstances. Being First Minister of Scotland was the best job in the world. It had been a privilege beyond measure to serve.

These formalities are dispensed with, Miss Sturgeon He went on to list all the downsides of what seemed less like the best job in the world and more like a well-paid prison sentence. There was no time for anything but work, the pressure was relentless and politics was a “brutal” business.

At this delicate moment, only the truly heartless would point out that the brutality that currently marks our political debate has flourished thanks to the type of rhetoric deployed by Miss Sturgeon, proud despiser of the Conservatives, a great ally of those who gather outside the BBC to hurl insults . in the staff.

The truth is that the First Minister’s popularity within the SNP ranks has plummeted in recent months due to her crazy plan to treat the next general election as a “de facto” referendum. Yesterday we witnessed a classic example of someone jumping before being pushed.

Resignation: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon makes her announcement

If, one journalist asked, Miss Sturgeon couldn’t lead her party to independence, who could? She wasn’t going to get into who, but (and, to her great credit, she kept a straight face at this point) the SNP was “flooded with talented individuals”.

One wonders who he was referring to? Perhaps Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil: a man who, if the phone rang while he was ironing a shirt, would burn his ear.

Or perhaps he was thinking of SNP deputy leader Keith Brown, a politician with the permanent air of someone who walks into a room only to forget why he did so? Or could it have been Emma Harper MSP, whose answer to questions about currency in an independent Scotland is that people in Mexico accept credit cards?

The people of Scotland, Miss Sturgeon predicted, would enjoy watching the talent that would be on display in the coming weeks and, if that were the code, the people of Scotland would be horrified to discover how imbeciles have managed to get positions as politicians thanks to your friends in the SNP, who could disagree?

In a line that, if she ever wrote one, could open her self-help book, the First Minister said that having spent most of her life being Nicola Sturgeon, the politician, the time had come to make time for Nicola Sturgeon , person.

I hoped that didn’t sound selfish, which, depending on one’s tolerance for nonsense, was either deeply touching or remarkably selfish. According to an analysis by Spectator magazine, he used the words ‘I’, ‘me’ and ‘my’ 153 times in his speech. Meanwhile, the word “Scotland” was only mentioned 11 times. Most Scots, tired of Miss Sturgeon’s monomaniacal obsession with independence, I am sure will take a view on the matter.

Cruelly, one of those gathered yesterday reminded the Prime Minister of her earlier request that she be judged on her management of the education system and its success in closing the attainment gap between children from the poorest and richest backgrounds. Given that success in that area is equal to the square root of hee-haw, has it failed those young people?

Withdrawing now means you will avoid bringing a legal challenge that you would likely lose, or not raising any objection at all, which would have seriously weakened your position.

Nicola Sturgeon dramatically resigned as leader of the SNP today after a collapse over her attempt to relax gender identity rules and fading prospects of breaking up the UK.

No, he hadn’t. But of course, in Miss Sturgeon’s view, success is not achieved by creating tangible results. Success exists the moment you declare it.

Thus, when support for independence waned following her refusal to say whether a rapist is a man or a woman and her “de facto” referendum, the First Minister felt able to say that she firmly believed that the majority of Scots supported independence. independence.

Maybe that got to the heart of the question of why he goes. When political leaders completely lose touch with reality, the game truly is over.

‘In my head and in my heart, I know the time is now’: read Nicola Sturgeon’s resignation speech

Being First Minister of Scotland is, in my admittedly biased opinion, the best job in the world. From my first moments on the job, I have believed that part of serving well would be knowing, almost instinctively, when the time is right to make way for another person.

In my head and in my heart, I know that the time is now. What is right for me, for my party and for the country.

I know there will be some people across the country who will be upset by this decision. Of course, to keep the balance, there will be others who – how should I put it – will cope well with the news.

Basically, I have tried to answer two questions. Is continuing right for me? And, more importantly, am I doing the right thing for the country, for my party and for the independence cause to which I have dedicated my life?

A Prime Minister is never off duty. Especially nowadays, there is practically no privacy. Ultimately – and, in fact, for a long time without it being obvious – it takes a toll on you and those around you.

For every person in Scotland who “loves” me, there is another who may not be so keen.

We must overcome the division in Scottish politics.

And my view now is that a new leader will be better able to do this.

Someone about whom the opinion of almost everyone in the country is still undecided, for better or worse. Someone who is not subject to the same polarized opinions, fair or unfair, as I am now.

Every day I feel more and more that the fixed opinions that people increasingly have about me – as I say, some fair, others little more than caricatures – are being used as barriers to reasoned debate in our country.

Too often I see problems presented and, as a result, viewed not on their own merits but through the prism of what I think and what people think of me.

Although I am leaving leadership, I am not abandoning politics. There are many issues that I care deeply about and hope to advocate for in the future.

Since I was 16 years old I have contributed as an activist, campaigner and leader. I look forward to watching with pride as my successor takes over.

Being Prime Minister has been the privilege of my life. Nothing, absolutely nothing I do in the future will ever come close.

  • This is an edited transcript.

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