Responding to Alex Salmond's comments on the state of Scotland's education in an interview on BBC Politics this morning, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:
"Sticking his fingers in his ears and shouting la-la-la will not change the truth of Alex Salmond's government's educational performance. Education slipped down the international rankings when he was in charge because he was more interested in independence than the future of Scotland's children.
"Alex Salmond's answer to all and every question is independence when it is his campaign for independence that has distracted our government from tackling the problems we face today.
"Only with the Liberal Democrats can we change the direction of our country away from independence and hard Brexit and towards education investment."