The leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP has today likened the First Minister’s threat of independence over the last six months to the boy who cried wolf.
Speaking to the cross-party Scottish Peers Association in London on Monday Mr Rennie said that Nicola Sturgeon's constant to-ing and fro-ing on independence has created a cloud of uncertainty across Scotland. The result has seen Scotland fall behind on areas such as education and the economy.
Mr Rennie told 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.”