Nicola Sturgeon accused of ‘staggering’ lack of self-awareness as former Scottish first minister supports ‘anti-car’ policies – while learning to drive
- Nicola Sturgeon recently supported the Low Emission Zone in Glasgow
Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of a ‘staggering’ lack of self awareness after advocating anti-car policies – while she is learning to drive.
In a column for a local newspaper yesterday, Ms Sturgeon supported Glasgow’s controversial Low Emission Zone (LEZ) and railed against a coffee shop being allowed to serve drivers in special takeaway lanes.
She claims the plan for the drive-through in the city’s Gorbals area should be ‘rejected’ as there is already one at a nearby Costa, and it would undermine the aims of the LEZ.
Her backing of the LEZ policy, which has seen thousands of motorists effectively banned from Glasgow city centre, comes despite her taking driving lessons since she quit as First Minister in March.
The former SNP leader wrote in the Glasgow Times: ‘It makes no sense to give the go ahead to yet more outlets that encourage people into cars rather than out of them, cause local congestion, add to pollution, and offer no obvious benefits.’
Former Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon (pictured) arrives home in Uddingston, Glasgow after a driving lesson, April 24 2023
Sturgeon has been accused of a ‘staggering’ lack of self awareness after advocating anti-car policies…while she learns to drive
As First Minister, she pushed through anti-car policies that opened the door for the workplace parking levy and the banning of older cars from city centres through LEZs.
The Glasgow MSP, who was renowned for ignoring feedback during her time as first minister, was also mocked for using the column to urge the Scottish Government to ‘respond constructively to criticism and concerns’.
Just before stepping down, she faced the wrath of women’s groups for dismissing fears about her gender reform Bill and repeatedly defended her government’s bungled ill-fated Deposit Return Scheme. Tory MSP Annie Wells said: ‘Nicola Sturgeon’s lack of self-awareness is staggering.
In a column for a local newspaper, Ms Sturgeon supported Glasgow’s controversial Low Emission Zone (LEZ)
A source close to Ms Sturgeon said: ‘Nicola used her column to discuss an issue many constituents reached out to her about’
‘As First Minister she displayed a tin ear to any criticism, not least when she arrogantly dismissed concerns about her gender reform Bill as ‘not valid’.
‘She spent her entire time in office dividing the country on the constitution, so she has some nerve talking about the need for the Government to act constructively.’
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A source close to Ms Sturgeon said: ‘This is utter nonsense. Nicola used her column to discuss an issue many constituents reached out to her about.’
It was revealed that the ex-SNP leader had started driving lessons earlier t his year in order to prepare for the ‘next phase of life’.
A friend has also confirmed that she has taken up driving lessons to prepare her for civilian life after years on the front line of politics.
Ricky Bell told the BBC’s Nicola Sturgeon podcast that she was just beginning to learn.
He said: ‘Anyone who knows Nicola knows she has been signalling for a wee while she was likely to go.
‘And I think the big thing was she said she was taking driving lessons.
‘You don’t need driving lessons if you are going to be chauffeur driven about as the First Minister.’
He added: ‘She said to me many years ago she didn’t want to sit her driving test in case she failed, because up until that point in her life she had never failed an exam.’
Ms Sturgeon told the podcast the driving lessons are ‘in the early stages’.
She said getting behind the wheel is about ‘achieving a bit of personal freedom that I have chosen not to have to the same extent’ while pursuing a political career.
‘It’s just part and parcel of the next phase of life,’ Ms Sturgeon added.
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