Alex Salmond urged to apologise over Edinburgh Fringe sex joke
2 min read
Alex Salmond has been urged to apologise after he appeared to joke about having sex with leading female politicians – including Nicola Sturgeon.
The former SNP leader – who lost his seat at the general election in June – told the bawdy gag at the opening performance of his one-man show at the Edinburgh Fringe yesterday.
He said: “I promised you today we'd either have Theresa May, or Nicola Sturgeon, or Ruth Davidson, or Melania Trump, but I couldn't make any of these wonderful women come.” Following a drum roll, Mr Salmond added: “To the show.”
Labour MSP Monica Lennon said: “It would be wrong to laugh these comments off as a bit of banter, this is a former First Minister degrading female politicians. Alex Salmond should know that comments like these are simply unacceptable and he should apologise.
“It would set a horrendous example to young men if he tries to hide behind these sexist comments as risque humour.”
But a spokesman for Mr Salmond told The Herald he would not apologise.
He said: “Don't be absurd. They are green at the gills. Scottish Labour are just miffed they didn't get a mention. They should enter into the spirit of the Fringe. It's the Edinburgh Fringe we are at, not fringe politics with Labour.”
Ironically, Scottish First Minister Ms Sturgeon yesterday waded into a sexism row after she condemned Clarks for a range of school shoe designs called “Dolly Babe” for girls and “Leader” for boys.
PoliticsHome provides the most comprehensive coverage of UK politics anywhere on the web, offering high quality original reporting and analysis: Subscribe