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Rennie: Sturgeon should stop crying wolf over independence

January 30, 2017 11:00 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

The leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP will liken the First Minister's threat of independence over the last six months to the boy who cried wolf.

Speaking to the Scottish Peers Association in London on Monday Mr Rennie will say that the constant to-ing and fro-ing on independence by Nicola Sturgeon has created a cloud of uncertainty across Scotland. The result as left Scotland falling behind on areas such as education and the economy.

Mr Rennie will tell Scottish peers:

"Within hours of the vote on 23rd June the First Minister said that another referendum was highly likely. Ever since then she has ramped up the rhetoric, telling her party they should be on a war footing. In January she flip-flopped and took it back down again, saying that a referendum in 2017 wasn't likely. Then she said she wasn't bluffing and it is right back up again.

"We have had a dozen threats on independence by the First Minister. The only thing that can be concluded from all of this is that the First Minister's position is the same as it has always been. It is Scotland's economy and public services that have suffered.

"Instead of crying wolf over independence the First Minister should set the agenda in Scotland on how we are going to get our schools back into shape and how we are going to support a strained health service and economy.

"It is time for the First Minister to realise that the answer to Scotland's problems is not independence. The constant threat and the cries of wolf have set Scotland back."