That Nicola Sturgeon lass is one tough nut. I, for one, would not like to come face to face with her down some dark Glaswegian alleyway. No, Sir.

I disagree with her policies, of course, which can be summed up by asking how much of other’s people’s money can we throw at a problem but I do admire her competence and strength as a politician.

What Ms Sturgeon disproves is the feminist ideal that if only women ruled the world, or we had more women in politics, we would all live in a nicer place. Women, we are told, are more caring, cuddly and collaborative. Politics would be much less competitive and aggressive if only the ladies were in charge.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t fancy a cuddle from Ms Sturgeon and to assume that female politicians are, because of the their gender, less ruthless and determined is an insult to the fairer sex. Ms Sturgeon demonstrates the fallacy in this feminist fantasy. She is obviously just as hardnosed and power-hungry as the men.

Ms Sturgeon promises that if the SNP hold the balance of power she will shut the Tories out of power. This is not the great collaborative approach we were promised. Ah, I hear you say but you cannot expect the SNP to be collaborative with their ideological and philosophical enemies, in the form of the Conservatives. Fair enough, but what is their approach to their socialist bedfellows, the Labour party?

Ms Sturgeon has already ruled out a coalition with Red Ed, but may deign to enter into a ‘confidence and supply deal’ with them. Oh lucky, lucky people of Great Britain, I have written before as to what horrors await you should coalition government and confidence and supply deals become the norm.

Ms Sturgeon, like any politician male or female, is not interested in bridge building or cuddles or indeed collaboration. She is interested in getting the best deal for her constituents and voters, and if this means holding the English to ransom and destroying the economy then so be it.

This is ground zero of political debate and we must prepare ourselves for great mountains of pork to be shipped north of the border to keep the SNP happy if Red Ed enters 10 Downing Street.

This is the political equivalent of a shakedown by Sturgeon and the SNP and I for one do not expect her to show us any mercy just because she happens to have a ‘lady brain’. I know this because I have a very sensible lady brain of my own.

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