Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today described the First Minister's statement to the Scottish Parliament as an appalling waste of energy and focus.
Speaking in Parliament, Mr Cole-Hamilton said:
"Here we are again and what an appalling waste of energy and focus this is. Frankly I can think of better uses of our time and I am not alone.
“I’m sure that those waiting for cancer care, in the longest queue on record can think of better uses of our time.
“Those children suffering long Covid, left disappointed after they waited to meet the First Minister in the cold outside parliament this afternoon can think of better uses of our time.
“The Island ferry passengers; the Ukrainians stuck in hotels; those victims of violent and sexual crime left waiting for justice, can all think of better uses for our time.
“The First Minister is putting disquiet in her party ahead the needs of this country.
“So can I ask the First Minister why her fixation with breaking up the UK will always trump the needs of the people we are all here to serve?”