Sturgeon and Salmond mocked as ‘Titanic Failures’ in anti-SNP billboard

The artwork was installed by Scotland Matters, a pro-Union group which is urging Scots to vote tactically to defeat the SNP. Voters go to the polls next month to elect the next Scottish parliament.

Ms Sturgeon is calling for another referendum on taking Scotland out of the UK if the SNP win.

The new billboard depicts Ms Sturgeon and Mr Salmond on the front of a ship in a parody of the hit 1997 film Titanic.

Last week Mr Salmond launched his own nationalist party, called Alba, which will stand list-only candidates for the Scottish parliament elections.

The party currently has two MPs in Westminster following defections from the SNP.

Ms Sturgeon has fallen out bitterly with Mr Salmond, formerly a close ally, over her handling of sexual harassment allegations against the former SNP leader.

A Scotland Matters spokesman said: “Out billboard pairs the two people whose close relationship has dominated Scottish life and politics for the last 14 years, with one example of their incompetence, the overdue and over-budget ferries for CalMac which a Holyrood enquiry described as a “catastrophic failure”.

“In their obsessive pursuit of Scottish independence, Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon have trashed Scotland’s education system, conducted, and still pursue, an independence campaign full of undeliverable promises, creating division in our country, fomenting anti-English feeling, and their recent scandals and cover-ups have tarnished Scotland’s good name here and abroad.

“They are trying to grip Scotland in a deadly “supermajority” alliance in order to steal the Holyrood election and subject us to five more years of decline, division, sleaze and Indy can-kicking instead of working with all parties to deliver a sustainable recovery from Covid.

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However some nationalists have suggested an unauthorised vote could be called without the British Government’s consent.

Should this happen Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has urged unionists to boycott the poll.

Mr Salmond launched Alba last Friday as a “new political force” for nationalism.

He claimed: “It is fundamentally more difficult for the Westminster Government to take on a parliament and a people than casting it as a party versus party dispute.”

However a spokesperson for the SNP strongly criticised Mr Salmond’s return to frontline politics.

They said: “This is perhaps the most predictable development in Scottish politics for quite some time.

“this time of crisis, the interests of the country must come first and should not be obscured by the self-interest of someone who shows no sign whatsoever of reflecting on serious concerns about his own conduct – concerns which, to put it mildly, raise real questions about the appropriateness of a return to public office.”

Mr Salmond was cleared of 12 sexual assault charges last year whilst another was found not proven.

Ms Sturgeon has been accused of misleading the Scottish parliament about when she first knew about the allegations.

A Holyrood committee ruled she had mislead parliament but she was cleared of intentional deceit by an independent inquiry.

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