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Nicola Sturgeon breaks silence over Liz Truss insult with cheeky seal photo

Written by Javed Iqbal

The First Minister had not responded to the Foreign Secretary’s heavily criticized remarks from a hustings meeting in Exeter – opting to stay out of the fray as Truss provoked anger from across the political spectrum.

On Monday night, the Tory leadership candidate was asked how she would deal with calls to Scots independence. That Holyrood the parliament has a majority of pro-independence MSPs, elected on manifestos, who commit to holding a vote during this period.

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Sturgeon plans to hold an indyref2 in October 2023, but if the current Supreme Court case finds that Holyrood holding a vote without Britain’s consent is illegal, she will instead use the next election as a de-facto referendum.

Truss argued that it is best to “ignore” Sturgeon and labeled her an “attention seeker”.

“I feel like I’m a child of the Union, I really believe we’re a family and we’re better off together and I think it’s best to do with Nicola Sturgeon is to ignore her,” she told Tory members – who shot the remarks up with cheers and applause.

“She’s an attention seeker, that’s what she is,” added the prime ministerial hopeful.

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While Deputy Minister John Swinney branded the comments “completely unacceptable” and Truss managed to cause outrage among former Tory MSPs and better together champions, even the Prime Minister said.

Sturgeon remained silent as Truss doubled down on his commentsand said she would not apologize to SNP leader.

But on Friday night, she referred to the big row with a joke on social media – indicating that it hadn’t gotten to her.

“Spotted this cute seal in beautiful Argyll,” she shared. “I think she/he might be a bit of an attention seeker,” followed by a winking face emoji.

Independence campaigner and musician Iona Fyfe called the post “expert trolling”.

“Well played FM,” another commenter added.

Supporter Barry O’Neill also praised the reaction, writing: “Not one to get involved in personal mudslinging; but focused on delivering for the people who democratically elected her! A little side joke is perfect Scottish humour.”

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The intervention came as a Scotch Labor boss Anas Sarwar gave his take on the Truss jib.

Speaking at a House of Commons event, Sarwar said his party is “desperate” after a general election to expose the failures of the UK and Scottish governments to tackle the cost of living crisis.

Sarwar said: “What we need is not this rhetoric from our two governments, not this bogus battle between Liz Truss, Rishi Sunak and Nicola Sturgeon.

“What we need is for our governments to get their heads out of the sand, act quickly so we can stop people starving in our country.”

He added: “I would plead with Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP, I would plead with Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss and Conservative party – get over yourselves.

“Stop focusing on your own obsessions about dividing people and start thinking about how we feed the people of our country.”

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