In the third in my series of party leader interviews, I sat down with Kezia Dugdale.
Despite being a really nice person, Kez is leader of the Scottish Labour Party. And she’s had a pretty eventful campaign so far, what with coming out, U-turning on her central tax policy, having to clarify her stance on independence, and battling a dirty tricks campaign after her undergraduate application to work for an SNP MSP was leaked to a newspaper.
We caught up to chat about the election, education and whether she’s tough enough to take on Nicola Sturgeon.
Oh and she brought me a stuffed toy pug. I called him Murphy. Yes, I realise I need help.
The full interview will be published tomorrow. First though, her answers to my quick-fire quiz.
Stephen Daisley (SD): I’m thinking of a career change. Do you know of any researcher jobs going with the SNP?
Kezia Dugdale (KD): Ooooh. You could come and work for me, regardless of your politics.
SD: Hillary or Bernie?
SD: Trump, or a great sucking black hole that destroys the universe?
KD: The black hole.
SD: Alex Salmond or Nicola Sturgeon?
KD: Nicola Sturgeon.
SD: So, Corbyn. That’s going well, isn’t it?
KD: [curtly] Yes.
SD: Favourite cybernat: Angry Salmond or your dad?
KD: [laughs] You know, I think I follow Angry Salmond but I don’t follow my dad.
SD: Does he follow you?
KD: Yeah. So, my dad.
SD: Do you think we’ll ever reach the point where a Holyrood party leader will feel comfortable enough to come out as heterosexual?
KD: [laughs] I think they might soon have to for diversity.
SD: Poor Willie.
SD: How many times a day do you talk down Scotland?
KD: Many. Many, many.
SD: And finally: Rowr rowr rowr rowr rowr arrrrrooooowwwwww?
SD: That’s Pug for “Are you still a pugophobe?”
KD: [Points to stuffed toy pug] Brackets, she gave him a pug. Close brackets.
Originally published on STV News.