Scottish newspaper refuses to recognise right of Boris Johnson to rule

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks to supporters during a visit to meet newly elected Conservative party lawmakers at Sedgefield Cricket Club in County Durham, north east England on Saturday Dec. 14, 2019, following his Conservative party's general election victory.  Johnson called on Britons to put years of bitter divisions over the country's EU membership behind them as he vowed to use his resounding election victory to finally deliver Brexit. (Lindsey Parnaby / Pool via AP)
Scottish newspaper The National has said it will not recognise Boris Johnson's government (Picture: AP)

A pro-independence Scottish newspaper has launched a scathing attack on Boris Johnson and has refused to recognise his Tory government.

The National accused the Prime Minister of lying and showing “prejudice to Scots” in a strongly worded editorial on Sunday.

It read: “For only the umpteenth time ever, there’s yet another sneering, snobby, sneaky, excretion of Eton, Oxford and the Bullingdon Club in 10 Downing Street.

“Some call this ‘democracy’, we call it class privilege.”

It added: “We don’t accept the arrogant jerk has any right to rule us. We don’t recognise this government. There’s sure to be resistance.

“We expect, over the next couple of years, class struggle, in a tremendously wide variety of different forms, will develop throughout the UK.”

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon poses with newly elected MPs of Scottish National Party (SNP) during a photo opportunity as they gather outside the V&A Museum in Dundee, Scotland, Saturday Dec. 14, 2019.  Sturgeon delivered a landslide election victory for the SNP, with a campaign focused on demands for a second referendum on Scottish independence, but Prime MinisterBoris Johnson has flatly rebuffed the idea of another vote. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is pushing for a new Scottish independence vote (Picture: AP)

The National also said there was now a clear mandate for a new independence referendum in Scotland after the SNP swept to victory in the country.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday he could not keep Scotland in the United Kingdom against the country’s will.

Johnson and his government have repeatedly said they will not give the go-ahead for another referendum on Scottish independence

Ms Sturgeon said after the Scottish National Party won 48 of Scotland’s 59 seats in the UK parliament, her party had been given a mandate for one.


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Sturgeon told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “If he thinks ... saying no is the end of the matter then he is going to find himself completely and utterly wrong.

“You cannot hold Scotland in the union against its will. If the United Kingdom is to continue it can only be by consent.

“And if Boris Johnson is confident in the case for the union then he should be confident enough to make that case and allow people to decide.”

The National was first published in 2014 and was the first daily newspaper in Scotland to support independence.

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