Scottish Labour has been ridiculed on social media after an attack on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon backfired spectacularly.
The party led by Richard Leonard took aim at the SNP leader who, in 2016, had said austerity should be dealt with the same way as it was in fiscal year 2009/10.
In a tweet posted on Thursday afternoon, Scottish Labour said: “Nicola Sturgeon’s plan to close Scotland’s deficit is to copy and paste George Osborne’s austerity economics.”
However twitter users were quick to point out that George Osborne wasn’t the chancellor in 2009/10. The Chancellor of the Exchequer during the period cited by Nicola Sturgeon was in fact former Labour MP Alistair Darling.
One message read; “Aye but in 2009 to 10 it was Labour that was the WM Government Guess who was chancellor of the exchequer then. Oh dear it was Alistair Darling !”
Another twitter user didn’t hold back: “Your party was in power in 2009 you roasters – Not the Tories. I bet you were really proud of that meme too when you posted it – and all you’ve done is once again show us all how f’kin incompetent you truly are.”
At the time of publication of this article, the Scottish Labour tweet was still visible.
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