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Nicola Sturgeon crisis: First Minister's 'stay safe' coronavirus slogan rejected – poll

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Scotland’s First Minister unveiled the new slogan despite mocking Boris Johnson for his very similar “stay alert” message. And a staggering 88 percent (2,716 people) who responded to the poll said the new slogan did not make sense to them. Just 11 percent (340 people) said did make sense and one percent (40 people) said they didn’t know. A total of 3,096 people took part on the exclusive online poll between 7.45am and 7.45pm today.

One Express.co.uk reader said: “STAY SAFE – Do not vote SNP.”

Another commented: “How do you stay safe? By staying alert.

“I’ll continue to ignore everything she says.”

Another reader said: “She wants to ruin Brexit and keep us in the EU and now this.

“She is now getting on people’s backs up.”

And another said: “Nothing about Sturgeon makes sense.”

Ms Sturgeon attacked Mr Johnson when he unveiled his “stay alert” message in May, branding it “vague and imprecise”.

The SNP leader refused to drop the previous “stay at home” slogan the four UK nations had been using.

At the time, the First Minister said: “I don’t know what ‘Stay Alert’ means. If you say to me does that mean I stay home or not, I can’t you a straight answer to that and therefore I’m failing in my duty to be clear in terms of what I’m asking you to do.”

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But some have pointed out the similarities between Ms Sturgeon’s new slogan “stay safe, protect others, save lives” and the Prime Minister’s message “stay alert, control the virus, save lives”.

Comedian Matt Forde said she was a “genius” for coming up with a “even vaguer” slogan.

The comedian and host of the Political Party Podcast wrote on Twitter: “Wonder if we’ll see the same fuss about ‘Stay Safe’ being as confusing as ‘Stay Alert’ was…”

In a later tweet, he added: “A few weeks ago Nicola Sturgeon said she ‘didn’t know what Stay Alert means’.

“Now she’s asking Scotland to ‘Stay Safe’, which is even vaguer. Genius.”

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Speaking at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing on Friday, Ms Sturgeon said: “There is no doubt the virus in Scotland is now firmly in retreat.

“That is why the changes to the rules and the guidance I announced yesterday, though significant, were also careful, because we know we have to keep the virus in retreat.

“If we all keep doing the right thing, I am more optimistic than I have been in a long time that we are now firmly on the track to getting normality back into our lives.”



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