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‘Self-righteous Bravehearts’ Sturgeon slammed as baker threatened for giving Boris pudding

Nicola Sturgeon is a 'political opportunist' says Dan Wootton

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Michelle Maddox runs the world’s only shop exclusively dedicated to the traditional Scottish dessert clootie dumplings. But Scottish Nationalists branded her a “traitor” after she attended a Downing Street festive market that promoted British produce.

The baker was warned Nationalists would throw a brick through her van and was told not to “walk down a dark alleyway”.

Speaking of her shock, she said: “Who would have thought a clootie dumpling could have caused this?”

Now, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been attacked following the incident after she left it to her deputy John Swinney to issue a reprimand.

In his latest column in the Telegraph, Tom Harris, branded the Nationalists as “self-appointed, self-righteous Bravehearts” who have decided what is acceptable and not.

He wrote: “Scotland’s political establishment prides itself on their country’s tolerance and progressive attitude.

“Yet this is far from the first time when independence supporters have chosen to take revenge on those it considers traitors to the cause.

“In Maddox’s case, she wasn’t even making a comment about independence, and the nationalist blob has dealt mercilessly with those who do.

“They even called for a boycott of Tunnock’s – makers of the famously Scottish Teacake – when it was announced the company had appointed former Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, to its board.”

Mr Harris went on to say how the independence movement in Scotland cannot “escape the shadow of raw, unbridled nationalism”.

He continued: “And when politicians like Swinney’s boss, Nicola Sturgeon, insist on ‘othering’ any and every party remotely to the right of her as somehow un-Scottish and beyond the pale, the very worst elements of her movement will naturally take that resentment towards Westminster (aka, hatred of England) to the next level.

“It is then that polite association with the Prime Minister of one’s own country becomes a justification for hatred and violence.

“Show me a civic nationalist and I’ll show you a nationalist.”

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Ms Maddox received threatening comments after she posted images of herself outside 10 Downing Street on her social media channels, as well as a video of her presenting the Prime Minister with one of her dumplings.

Mr Johnson can be heard commenting on the size of the dumpling, which was wrapped in Harris Tweed, and thanking Ms Maddox for the “fantastic” gift.

She said she was then soon inundated with abusive private messages from independence supporters which left her “in tears” and “petrified”.

She added: “I can’t say some of the words.”

Another message was not a direct threat of harm but was verbally awful.

She said: “I was in tears and petrified and I’ve not checked Facebook messages on my phone again.”

The campaign for Scottish independence has been given a major boost after a poll showed a significant swing in favour of Yes.

The poll, undertaken by IpsosMori for STV, interviewed 1,107 adults aged 16 and over by phone between November 22 and 29.

Survey results state that 52 per cent of Scots would vote in favour of independence should an election be held tomorrow, with 43 percent backing No and 4 percent saying they did not know.

With don’t knows excluded, it puts support for Scottish independence at a recent high of 55 percent, and support for the union at 45 percent.

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