Boris Johnson: Brexit to fix 'broken' UK economy model
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The Prime Minister also told the Scottish Tory reception on Sunday the Scottish First Minister was losing popularity following a series of policy decisions and alleged failures. These include the SNP’s handling of the Scottish Ambulance crisis and the introduction of vaccine passports north of the border.
He also told delegates: “I believe that the gilt is coming off the gingerbread of Scottish nationalists.”
The Prime Minister also praised the Scottish Tories for denying the SNP an overall majority in May’s Holyrood election.
He said: “It is the first time I’ve been able to thank you all in person for the heroic act of depriving the SNP of the majority they so craved.”
In an apparent dig at Scotland’s COVID-19 restrictions, he said he was delighted to attend an event in person with his Scottish counterparts where delegates could “shake hands and exchange bodily fluids.”
Mr Johnson also took a swipe at former SNP leader Alex Salmond, whose Alba party failed to win any seats in the Holyrood election.
He claimed: “The lustre is going from old Twinkle Toes.”
Turning to Labour, Mr Johnson stressed Sir Keir Starmer could only become Prime Minister with a “crackpot” coalition with the SNP.
He said in front of a cheering crowd: “Did you see Labour last week in Brighton?
“What an astonishing thing it was. It was a total rabble.
“It had the air to me of a seriously rattled bus conductor trying to deal with an insurrection on the top deck of the bus.
“Can we trust the Government of our country to that deeply divided party that doesn’t know where it’s going, basically a mob of Lefties, of Corbynista Lefties, apathetically and ineffectually directed by a mob of Islingtonian cabal. That’s what they are.”
Meanwhile, Ms Sturgeon was called a “giant among pygmies” in the SNP when it comes to leadership credentials by fellow Tory Oliver Dowden.
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Mr Dowden, one of the Conservative Party’s co-chairman, took aim at the First Minister as he outlined his hopes for winning seats in Scotland once Ms Sturgeon is no longer SNP leader.
Speaking at the party’s conference in Manchester, Mr Dowden said: “I do think there’s a real opportunity for us in Scotland for a couple of reasons.
“First of all, Nicola Sturgeon is not going to be there forever and after Nicola Sturgeon, the rest of them – I’m not saying in any way Nicola Sturgeon is a wonderful person, but compared to her comrades as it were, she’s a giant among pygmies, and so I think as she goes they will be very weakened.
“And secondly, I think we have a real opportunity to focus on the actual delivery of the nationalists in Scotland, which has been completely lamentable – whether it’s education, whether it’s health, they are falling massively behind the rest of England.
“Nicola Sturgeon constantly tries to distract from this by talking endlessly about independence.
“We need to bring that focus back on their delivery in Scotland, which is lamentable.”
It comes after Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross claimed the Scottish Government had been turned into a “constitutional campaign group on stilts” under the SNP.
Mr Ross accused Ms Sturgeon of being obsessed with achieving separation and made clear independence was still a “minority pursuit” in Scotland.
In response, SNP MSP Neil Gray said: “Douglas Ross is desperately trying to be relevant, but his Tory bosses in London have relegated him to speaking at a fringe event.
“At the elections in May, the SNP won by a landslide.”
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