Sturgeon: “Trust me, I’m a social democrat not a flags and anthems nationalist”

Iain Macwhirter

Trust. It’s a perishable commodity in politics. In fact, it’s hard to think of another politician in Britain right now who could get away with asking for it – other than the SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon Most politicians today are regarded as corrupt until proven otherwise.

But why did the SNP leader need to appeal to the people of Scotland to trust her – she said it seven times in her conference speech – so soon after they had expressed their faith by awarding her party the greatest election landslide in history?

Normally politicians make such personal appeals when their backs are to the wall and their government on the rocks. Trust me, they say. Whatever it is, I’ll sort it out. There will be no whitewash in the White House, as Richard Nixon said during watergate.

Of course, there have been the sleaze headlines in the press following the…

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