UK Ministers 'Fearful of Nicola Sturgeon' Amid Covid

Published: Mar. 26, 2024

Mark Drakeford, the first minister of Wales, made a provocative statement, revealing that during the Covid-19 pandemic there were high-ranking officials in the UK that felt intimidated by a particular individual. This feeling of unease permeated the government and influenced many decisions related to pandemic policies. But who exactly held such an influence? The answers may surprise you.

This dominant figure was none other than Nicola Sturgeon, the first Scottish First Minister, whose reputation as a “formidable politician” put many senior figures in Westminster on tenterhooks. Drakeford adventured further into delivering his impressions of this eminent personality, whose aspirations for Scottish independence had caused quite a ripple throughout UK's government corridors.

Drakeford, along with Sturgeon and the First Minister and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, often collaborated to influence the position of the UK government on pandemic policies. Despite this cooperation, revealing notable insights, Drakeford admitted a particular challenge within this joint effort.

He confessed during the Covid-19 inquiry held on Wednesday that there exists a unique predicament with Sturgeon. Their interactions of the UK government with Nicola Sturgeon, a leading force in Scotland were always marked with anxiety. But what exactly led to this apprehension? Drakeford revealed the root of this concern is deeply entwined with Scotland's future.

Drakeford reconstructed the scenario in saying, “The UK government was always anxious about their interactions with the first minister of Scotland because she had a different underlying ambition for the future of Scotland and that coloured their attitude.” Insights like this give us a deeper look into the intricate dynamics of UK's governmental workings during the pandemic and beyond.


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