Nicola Sturgeon has labelled Ruth Davidson’s Scottish Tories “shameless opportunists” as it emerged the Scottish Tory leader was planning to call for the scrapping of a policy she herself had demanded.
In a highly charged First Minister’s Questions, Davidson had sought to highlight what she claimed was a lack of transparency on curriculums and performance in schools.
However Nicola Sturgeon rounded on the Scottish Conservative leader, calling her stace on education “incoherent”.
The First Minister read out a section from the Scottish Conservative manifesto from the 2016 Holyrood election in which Davidson had demanded standardised tests for P1, P4 and P7.
Nicola Sturgeon then revealed that Davidson’s Scottish Tories planned to lodge a motion next week calling for the P1 assessments to be scrapped.
The First Minister said of Davidson and her MSPs: “They are shameless opportunists. They care only about the short-term political opportunity; they care not a jot about schoolchildren, they care not a jot about standards in our schools.
“And I think Ruth Davidson has revealed that yet again today.”
According to The Herald newspaper, a Scottish Tory spokesperson said “the manifesto could have been better worded.”
The plan for Davidson to jettison a manifesto pledge in order to attack the SNP was revealed by this site on Monday.
An article by Alan Knight revealed Davidson herself had previously boasted that it was her party that had ‘forced’ the Scottish government to introduce standardised assessment tests.
Unionist plans to attack the SNP were briefly discussed by BBC Scotland at the weekend.
However the broadcaster, which has been accused of shielding the Scottish Tory leader from criticism, has thus far refused to report Davidson’s plan to vote against a polocy she herself demanded.
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