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Rennie: Constitution speech reinforces fact First Minister will promise anything to achieve independence plans

August 28, 2013 2:29 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on Alex Salmond's speech in Campbeltown today on aWillie RennieWillie Rennie constitution in an independent Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

"Whilst I share Alex's view that we need a written constitution to empower citizens he overstates his case by branding the UK as profoundly undemocratic. The UK is not like North Korea nor China and he does his case no good by implying we are.

"Using the prospect of a written constitution as a vehicle to promise all things to all people does not help move the constitutional debate forwards. This simply reinforces the fact that the First Minister will say anything to everyone to achieve his independence plans.

"The SNP Government is already failing to deliver on providing housing for homeless people or enough college places for young people. At this rate Alex Salmond would be first in line to be prosecuted in his own constitutional court."