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The 'most dangerous woman in Britain' was compared to Saddam Hussein last night

It was all for fun on The Daily Show though.

Source: telegraph/YouTube

PREVIOUSLY CALLED ‘THE most dangerous woman in Britain’, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon was last night compared to Saddam Hussein.

Unlike the Daily Mail though, it was all in good spirits as Scotland’s First Minster appeared on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.

Becoming the highest profile serving UK politician to appear on the show (David Cameron is more of a Letterman guy), Sturgeon took her message of Scottish nationalism to US TV prime time.

As host Jon Stewart outlined the recent “unprecedented” electoral success of her party in winning 56 Scottish seats out of 59, Sturgeon stopped the host in his tracks.

“I’ve ordered an inquiry into how come we didn’t win the other three,” she joked.

“You think you’re Saddam Hussein you get 99%,” Stewart responded. “56 out of 59 is pretty good.”

It wasn’t the only time Iraq was brought up during their chat.

As Sturgeon was talking about Scottish oil, Stewart interjected that the US should consider an invasion.

“How much are we talking about here? May we invade you?,” he asked


“I think this is progress because you just heard there Jon, presumably on behalf of the United States, ask permission to invade an oil-producing country. It doesn’t usually work that way.”

Her performance went down really well. Straight out of the gate she took Stewart to task for The Daily Show’s website describing her as a comedian.

“And I’m a politician, and as you know, politicians are rarely very funny.”

Many people disagreed.

Read: How Nicola Sturgeon emerged as a star of the UK election >

Read: Why the UK general election could tell us a lot about our own >

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