Nicola Sturgeon: 'Clock is ticking' for SNP leader says Tony Miklinski
Tony Miklinski told Express.co.uk that Nicola Sturgeon has had power for more than a decade as part of the SNP Government under her predecessor Alex Salmond and as Scotland’s First Minister but has failed to oversee an improvement for Scotland in key areas such as education. He added that the SNP leader will face challenges from within the party if her failure continues.
Mr Miklinski said: “She has had the levers of power over all the devolved areas such as education and health for more than a decade.
“She has tried and failed to make any difference in quality, mostly things have got worse.
“If she can not turn that around in 13 years, then the issue is who in the SNP wants to replace her.
“Who thinks they can have a better go?
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“Will Alex Salmond come back into the picture? That has got to be worrying her.
“She must in her own thoughts think ‘is this worth it?’.”
He added: “I am sure she thinks she can’t give anything away until she has got through Holyrood.
“But if we can hold our nerve through that then the clock is ticking for her.”
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Mr Miklinski also stated Ms Sturgeon will not lead the SNP into the next general election in 2024 if her path to Scottish independence is blocked.
The Scottish Conservative suggested the SNP leader will not stick around if it becomes clear she will not be granted another referendum on Scotland’s independence from the United Kingdom.
He added that SNP members will grow tired of her approach and look for a more aggressive leader if she continues to fail in her quest to deliver Scottish independence.
Mr Miklinski said: “I do not think Nicola Sturgeon will stick that long if she does not have a clear path to another independence referendum.
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“That is what she stands for and that is what she has promised the troops.
“If her approach which has been regarded as moderate by many SNP MPs, waiting and biding her time, if it isn’t producing results then I think her own personal interest, as well as the patience of her own party, will strain.
“They will look to find a more aggressive leader who can try to bring about this referendum through some other means.
“Frankly, as long as the Scottish people stand firm and see the common-sense arguments, realise where their self-interest lies, not with independence, then she is not getting what she wants.”
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