Kate Forbes explains her position on gay marriage
Former SNP leadership contender Kate Forbes has joked that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ could be easier to witness than a second Scottish independence referendum.
Ms Forbes sat down for an interview with political comedian Matt Forde at the Edinburgh Fringe this afternoon, after a tumultuous year for her career that saw her go from economy minister, to leadership contender, to backbencher.
Though she failed to beat victorious leadership contender Humza Yousaf, she came very close with 47.9 per cent of the vote in the final round.
Speaking in front of an audience, Ms Forbes was asked: “What is more likely in the next 10 years – the Second Coming or the second independence referendum?”
She replied: “Well that is both political and problematic”.
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When asked which she believed was more desirable she continued: “Oh my! I think they both have an equal likelihood of happening, but I think probably the Second Coming could happen at literally any time – in the next hour”.
“And probably the referendum is going to take a bit more work.”
Ms Forbes is a devout Christian, and member of the Free Church of Scotland.
She came under fire during the SNP leadership election for her views on gay marriage and having children outside of marriage.
Asked whether she’d consider running for the leadership again in future, Ms Forbes said: “never say never”, adding it is high time “we have a Highlander at the helm”.
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Seeing the headlines her comment about a second independence referendum sparked, Ms Forbes later took to Twitter to observe: “I see that political reporting doesn’t quite capture comedy”.
“Great to chat to Matt Forde at the Fringe earlier today in Edinburgh.”
The Edinburgh Fringe has been beset by controversy this year, after top sitcom writer Graham Linehan was cancelled due to ‘anti-trans views’.
Bosses at the venue that agreed to host the comedy writer said they wouldn’t let him “violate” their space after organisers announced he would be attending the stand up gig.
Kate Forbes backed Mr Linehan, saying it was “remarkable” he had had “such a difficult time”.
“I think that people pick a target and go after that target and they’re not content until they are destroyed.
“But I think it is a really, really scary time to be a comedian because your shows, your art relies in part on causing offence. And some of it I find quite offensive.”
She also made a dig at Humza Yousaf, saying there is a deep problem “within the independence movement”, including “a desire to look for natural leaders that will unite” the campaign.
Mr Yousaf was heckled twice during a recent showing from him at the Fringe, from both environmental campaigners and a man furious at a speech he gave complaining about the number of white faces at the top of Scotland’s civic leadership.
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