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Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland could learn something from Jacinda Ardern’s victory speech after her landslide New Zealand general election.
Addressing the country the PM said: “As a national, we can listen, we can debate.
It was this quote from her speech that struck a chord with Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, the most.
Ms Sturgeon took to social media to alert Scots to Ms Ardern’s ‘fine victory speech’ and claimed her words held ‘a lesson for Scotland too’.
“In a fine victory speech, these words resonate and perhaps they hold a lesson for Scotland too – “As a nation, we can listen, we can debate…we are too small to lose sight of other people’s perspective.”
However, Labour MP Paul Sweeney replied to Ms Sturgeon’s tweet claiming the government shouldn’t’ be so ‘focused on division and grievance’.
“For a government focused on unity and co-operation to materially improve lives; not one focused on division and grievance, based purely on an abstract concept of national identity.”
Ms Ardern’s centre-left Labour Party won 49 per cent of the vote. It’s predicted that she’ll win a rare outright parliamentary majority.
The vote was originally due to be in September, but was postponed by a month after a renewed Covid-19 outbreak.
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