Scottish National Party chief Nicola Sturgeon snubs Afghan war memorial

The Queen leaves St Paul’s Cathedral with Prince Philip and the Lord Mayor of London following a service to commemorate those that fought in the Afghanistan war. Story here.

Families of Scottish soldiers reacted angrily yesterday after Nicola Sturgeon snubbed a service to honour those who gave their lives in Afghanistan.

The First Minister was sent an invitation by the Ministry of Defence to attend the service at St Paul’s Cathedral but declined it.

Instead of attending the service in London, Miss Sturgeon chose to meet council leaders in Scotland – and also found time to tweet about her kitchen.

In addition, the Scottish National Party leader did not attend a service in Edinburgh’s Canongate Kirk, which ran in parallel with the London commemoration, claiming she was not invited.

Families of the 38 Scots who died while fighting in the 13-year Afghan war criticised Miss Sturgeon, saying it was ‘an insult’ to their loved ones…


Why is this party still around? It is like Bloc Québécois: lose the referendum but keep the party. In fact, the SNP is projected to win big in the next election. WTF?

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  • Alain

    Sturgeon’s behaviour was shameful and disgusting. To honour those who died and their families is above and beyond partisan politics. It was thanks to many more who gave their lives that Sturgeon is able to live in freedom and to make a fool of himself.

    • Frau Katze

      It’s seems they’re not simply looking for independence. They are also hard leftists. So…war is bad. That would be the thinking.

      • Alain

        Yes, I was also aware of that. That was the point I was making about the many who died (WW II) for him to live in freedom. As I am sure you know already the Left were anti-war until the Soviets got involved and then were all pro-war. That in itself said everything about where the loyalties of the Left were.

  • mauser 98

    with a name like Nicola Sturgeon one should be happy to be invited anywhere

  • winniec

    The Skittish Nitwit Party. The United Kingdom has been the most successful and productive partnership in the last 500 years, so obviously they should break it up.

    • Frau Katze

      I must agree (and 3 of my grandparents were born in the Highlands).

      • Destroyer-Drone

        Frau Katze sounds German though. 😉

        • Frau Katze

          But I’m studying German. Just because I like languages and it seemed useful for anti-jihad work (I do a few translations).

          Something like Arabic would be too much for me, given how much time it would take.

          • Frances

            And you would have to learn how to read backwards 🙂

  • ontario john

    And we have the disgrace here of anti-terror bill protests across Canada on the same day as the funeral of a member of our Armed Forces in Ottawa. And of course two of the groups are whiny indians and environmental loons who are afraid that they will no longer be exempt from criminal law when they continue to ignore laws the rest of us have to follow.

  • Brett_McS

    Labour used to be the dominant party in Scotland but the SNP has taken over from them. It will be interesting to see how a secessionist party goes in the House of Commons, especially with the West Lothian question where the SNP will be voting on measures that affect only England, while the English can’t retaliate with measures that affect only Scotland. It’s crr-azy.

    • Frau Katze

      We have the same thing in Canada with the Quebec separatist party.

  • Frances

    But notice the Royals were out in force. They do support the troops. But this is not unexpected, given Prince Philip saw active service in WWII, and the Queen saw what service she was allowed to, as she jointed the Women’s Auxilary Territorial Service. Actually, she’d had to learn early, as she wrote condolence lettesr to the families of the men who had guarded her and who had subsequently fallen in battle.