Asked who she would rather have as prime minister out of Ms Truss and Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer, she said: “If the question to me is would I prefer a Labour government over a Tory government, I detest the Tories and everything they stand for, so it’s not difficult to answer that question.”
On the same programme, the chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster, the minister for intergovernmental relations and the minister for equalities Nadhim Zahawi – yes, he has three jobs – described the comments as “really dangerous”.
“I prefer to work with my colleagues in Scotland on delivering the freeports, the greenports, as I want to do with [deputy first minister] John Swinney and others,” he said.
Meanwhile Stephen Kerr, the MSP for Central Scotland, confirmed on Twitter he had written to the presiding officer of the Scottish parliament about the remarks which he said were “unmistakably an incitement to further aggression”.
So on the basis we think the Tories could do with a bit of a reality check, here’s 10 things the Conservatives have done which suggest Ms Sturgeon may well have a point about not exactly seeing the right-wing party in the best light.
1. Cabinet ministers breaching public health legislation they asked the rest of the public to follow during a deadly pandemic
\u201c'It did not occur to me that this could have been a breach of the rules'\n\n@BorisJohnson offers a 'full apology' for attending a lockdown-breaking birthday bash and confirms he's paid a fine issued for breaking Covid rules\n\nWatch the full clip below https://t.co/TSplUFHDCy\u201d
You know, a racist group responsible for mass murder in the Second World War.
At the time, Mr Clarke-Smith wrote: “Following the 1936 Berlin Olympics being used as a propaganda exercise and under a great deal of pressure from both the FA and Britain’s ambassador at the time, the players were encouraged to join the hosts in making the Nazi salute prior to the match.”
“Reluctantly, they agreed and for many years since it has been a great source of shame for many of those involved, including the Football Association…"
No, we can't believe it either.
5. Changing parliamentary rules to protect one of their own accused of paid lobbying
You would think after being shamed by Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford into providing free school meals over the summer of 2020, that the Conservatives would have learned their lesson when it came to providing the same support for the October half-term break and Christmas holidays, right?
Wrong. More than 300 Tory MPs would go on to vote against the Commons motion.
Is this supposed to be a good thing?
7. Disrespecting Her Majesty The Queen
\u201cNice to see Kwasi Kwarteng clearly taking a personal call at the Queens funeral and having a bit of a laugh\n\nThe chancellor can't even show any respect at this most solemn occasion\n\n#queensfuneral\u201d
— Louis \ud83c\uddec\ud83c\udde7 \ud83c\uddea\ud83c\uddfa \u3013\u3013 \ud83d\udc99 Defend the right to vote (@Louis \ud83c\uddec\ud83c\udde7 \ud83c\uddea\ud83c\uddfa \u3013\u3013 \ud83d\udc99 Defend the right to vote)
Before she was deputy prime minister and health secretary in the Truss government, former work and pensions secretary Thérèse Coffey decided it was a good idea to joyfully sing “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing at last year’s Conservative Party Conference - not long after benefit claimants were hit with a £20-a-week cut to universal credit.
While we’re on the subject of people being able to afford the basics…
9. Branding striking workers 'Putin's friends'
Speaking to Sky News in June, MP Tobias Ellwood said: “We're talking about the cost of living crisis here. We face huge economic headwinds yet here we are causing such huge self-harm as the country is brought to a halt.
“I think Russia must be enjoying this self-inflicted distraction, pleased to see that the one government in Europe that is actually standing up to Putin is completely distracted in this way.
“I do hope the unions now call off future planned strikes ... this isn’t just disrupting commuters, including key workers, but also students as well and indeed the hospitality sector.”
He added: “It’s also armed forces weekend this Saturday and that’s where we say thank you to those who serve and have served.“I say to the unions ’please don’t be Putin’s friend - return to the talks today so we can get the country moving again."
As striking workers continue to strike over fairer wages, we’re not sure they’ll appreciate being affiliated with a warmonger who invaded a sovereign country and stands accused of war crimes…
10. Crashing the economy and making the cost-of-living crisis even worse