Nicola Sturgeon, like Angela Merkel, isn’t exactly the most vivacious of leaders. But they both combine being competent in the limelight with a get-things-done tenacity and an intellectual credibility that appeals to voters tired of celebrity politics.
Let’s be clear: this comparison is meant as a compliment, not an insult. Even if both the German chancellor and the Scottish first minister have relatively bland exteriors, they radiate a calm confidence in their abilities.
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