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Nicola Sturgeon blasted in bitter spat as Tories accuse of 'treating people like fools'

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The First Minister has come under sustained attack from Scottish Conservatives, after her explosive remarks at a press conference earlier this week. The SNP boss was riled by a question implying the party had lied about aiming to vaccinate all 40 to 49-year-olds. In a scathing response, she said she assumed "a level of intelligence” when issuing statements, adding how she expected political opponents to use “common sense” and put her words into “context”.

This drew stinging rebukes from the Scottish Tory party, which accused her of talking down to the public and "treating people like fools”.

The row intensified when Tory boss Douglas Ross branded Ms Sturgeon "arrogant, elitist, patronising", who no longer represented Scotland's working class.

Stung by the charge, Ms Sturgeon shot back on Twitter: "‘Working class’ Scotland understands perfectly.

Nicola Sturgeon

NICOLA Sturgeon was been accused of trying to avoid accountability (Image: Getty)

Nicola Sturgeon and Boris Johnson

Nicola Sturgeon and Boris Johnson (Image: Getty)

"It’s opportunistic politicians who choose not to understand (because having a go at me/the SNP matters more to you than taking the right decisions in a pandemic) that I was referring to - and I have clearly touched some raw nerves!"

However, her retort just added fuel to the fire, as Tory MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston waded into the unseemly row.

Replying to Ms Sturgeon's latest outburst, the Shadow Minister for Business tweeted: "Nicola Sturgeon chose to attack those who were simply holding her to account for her own words and her own targets.

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Jamie Halcro Johnston

Jamie Halcro Johnston (Image: Getty)

"The only raw nerves touched here are of a First Minister who talks about accountability almost as much as she tries to avoid it."

One wrote: "SNP taking credit for everything and responsibility for nothing, whatever next."

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Douglas Ross

Douglas Ross (Image: Getty)

While another commented: "A very erudite summary of a FM desperately clinging to power and blaming everyone but her ministers and herself for presiding over a country that has sunk to an all time low in respect of the malfunctioning NHS, education, emergency services, local authorities, social care etc."

Official data show more than 90 percent of Scottish adults aged between 40-49 have received their first Covid jab.

However, statistics show just 77.3 percent of the same demographic have been fully vaccinated - falling far short of Ms Sturgeon’s target.

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