A SPOKESPERSON for the Jeremy Vine show has claimed that the segment where Nicola Sturgeon was described as a “power mad despot” was "balanced".

Channel 5 has been condemned for the move where the panellists were asked if the First Minister should be in charge of the UK’s coronavirus response.

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The host complained that different “rules of six” in each of the four nations are confusing public health messages. And with the Westminster Government “tied up on Brexit”, Vine asked if it should be left to Sturgeon to oversee a UK-wide strategy.

“Kill me now if she was in charge,” replied panellist Lowri Turner – a former fashion journalist and TV presenter who now works as a nutritionist and hypnotherapist.

She continued: “I used to think she was somebody who makes clear decisions … but she’s absolutely power mad isn’t she?

“Every day she has a different outfit … and she’s stopped saying ‘we’, it’s all ‘I believe’, ‘I think’ … it’s all about her. The power has actually gone to her head.”

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Vine said the description of Sturgeon as a dictator was a “great start” to the debate.

Actor and comedian Eddie Nestor, who was also on the panel, criticised First Minister for wanting to break up the Union, stating: “It doesn’t quite work like that.”

Activist and journalist Ash Sarkar said the prospect of Sturgeon taking over was ridiculous because people in the rest of the UK didn’t vote for Sturgeon.

Linaire, from Fife, pointed out Turner was in no position to call anyone a despot when the UK is run by “an unelected adviser – Mr Cummings – and a man who’s willing to break international treaties”.

Turner, however, stood her ground, denying the attack on Sturgeon was a “low blow”.

She instead claimed the FM’s “management style” is “my way or the highway”, adding: “If you like being ordered about, go ahead, I personally don’t like being ordered about – luckily, she doesn’t run my county.”

A spokesperson for Jeremy Vine show said: “The Jeremy Vine programme debates topical issues and this segment discussed the confusion around different Covid protocols across the United Kingdom. There was a balanced view represented during the segment.”