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" An independent Scotland - like all countries - will face challenges, and we will have our ups and downs. But the decisions about how we use our wealth will be ours. "
" I know you've got to earn people's trust, and you've got to earn it day after day after day. "
" Do I look like one of the most dangerous women in Britain? Come on! "
" I like Indian takeaway. "
" I was fascinated, long before I joined the SNP, in the world around me; current affairs really interested me. "
" I want there to be another independence referendum at some stage. I want Scotland to be independent, but I wouldn't choose to have it happen because England votes to come out of the E.U. "
" I think the fact that people are even talking about the prospect of the Tories coming second is less about anything the Tories have done and more about the failures of Labour to set out, in any kind of coherent sense, what it's for anymore. "
" Scotch beef, salmon and shellfish are recognised the world over for their excellence and Scottish provenance. People recognise the Scottish brand. They associate the country with quality food and drink, and clearly other Scottish sectors, such as dairy, can benefit from that, too. "
" This government and the party that I lead will continue to argue an alternative to the Tory-Labour austerity. "
" I desperately want Scotland to be an independent country. I cannot, though, sit here and tell you definitively that it will happen, and that it will happen on this timescale, because I have to respect the opinion of the people of Scotland. "
" Tory governments are bad for Scotland. "
" I wish we lived in a world where how you looked or what you wore wasn't an issue for men or women, and it's by and large not an issue for men, so I wish it wasn't an issue for women, but it is. "
" Social media is natural to me, and it's a very immediate way of saying something. It's the way politics are done these days. In modern politics, you can't ignore that even if you wanted to. I can't imagine doing politics without it. "
" London has a centrifugal pull on talent, investment and business from the rest of Europe and the world. That brings benefits to the broader U.K. economy. "
" I hope nobody in England is afraid of the SNP - there is absolutely no need to be. "
" Governments in countries across the world have a duty to do everything possible to keep the public safe from terrorist attacks. "
" An independent Scotland could afford pensions full stop - after all, it is our taxes and national insurance contributions that fund them now. "
" Since I became First Minister, I have made clear my priority to alleviate poverty and tackle inequality in Scotland. Ensuring that everyone can do better in life will not only make Scotland fairer, but it will also make it a more prosperous place. "
" Poverty is on the increase - due to welfare cuts - and demand for food banks has rocketed. "
" The decision on whether there is another referendum is down to the Scottish people. "
" The SNP became a minority government in 2007, then a majority one in 2011. But Labour viewed what was happening as some kind of aberration. They felt the problem wasn't theirs: they didn't have to change; the Scottish people had just gone down this wrong road, and if they waited long enough, they would find their way back. "
" The U.K. needs a strong opposition, and Labour shows no signs of being capable of being that. The SNP is filling that void and will go on seeking to do that. "
" The total impact of the Tory/Liberal tax, welfare and public spending changes has hit the poorest 10% in society disproportionately hard - and women have been affected even more badly than men. "
" Politics is a very male-dominated, male-driven profession. I was not just a woman but a young woman, and I suppose you end up trying to behave in a way that you think is expected of you. "
" The debate around the ageing population should, in my view, focus much more on how we grow the active, working population. "
" I feel sorry for generations of Labour voters and supporters who must look and wonder what on earth has gone wrong and what Labour is for. "
" Parties that win elections should form the government, not parties that lose elections. "
" A whole range of things are done to ensure services remain safe and sustainable because that is the absolute paramount duty of the health board. "
" I came into politics because of my opposition to what a Tory Government was doing to the community I grew up in. "
" I was studious and bookish. Not just as a child but also as a teenager. I took myself too seriously. "
" It's very much the currency of discourse on social media where political disagreements very quickly become very personalised. "