Murdo Fraser attacked Sturgeon for not punishing Dave Doogan
Dave Doogan, deputy leader for the SNP in Perth and Kinross, will not face action for his speech which referred to “quislings” and claiming that Scotland was “under the heel of foreign influence for 300 years”.
Sturgeon slammed Doogan’s comments last week and that she condemned “any” anti-English remarks but refused to be drawn as to whether she would punish him.
Yet a spokesman for that party recently confirmed no action would be taken against the Perth and Kinross councillor.
Tory MSP Murdo Fraser said: “This shows the First Minister comments denouncing this anti-English language were empty and worthless.
“Despite what she told the chamber, it seems she is only too happy for such individuals to hold office and officially represent the SNP."
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Let us not reflect on concerns that we have been under the heel of foreign influence and power for 300 years
The translation of Doogan’s speech from Gaelic read: "Let us not reflect on concerns that we have been under the heel of foreign influence and power for 300 years.
“The island of Britain is no longer subject to the actions of quislings who may seek to see smaller cultures extinguished on an island of coffins by redcoats."
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Doogan had refused to clarify his comments or apologise when approached by a local newspaper, and instead told the journalist to talk to the Scottish First Minister’s office.
He told local media: “I have no comment to make. If you want a comment you will need to go to the First Minister’s office.”
Fraser Murdo labelled the comments 'anti-English'
Sturgeon’s office then claimed it was a matter for the SNP, where the spokesman for the party confirmed the controversial remarks.
An SNP spokesman said: “That's right. As the First Minister made very clear last week the SNP condemns all comments that are in any way, shape or form racist or anti-English or that in any way seek to divide people on the basis of their ethnicity.
"She also called on people to reflect carefully on the fact that the SNP is right now among the loudest voices in the UK calling for diversity, tolerance and freedom of movement and among the loudest voices standing up for the benefits of migration."