illie Rennie has stated he’s assured the Scottish Liberal Democrats could make positive aspects on the Holyrood election to keep away from “a lot political vitality being wasted” on an independence referendum.
The Scottish Lib Dem chief stated depriving the SNP of a majority after Thursday’s vote ought to put an finish to its “constitutional obsession” for no less than 5 years so politicians can as a substitute concentrate on restoration from the pandemic.
Chatting with the PA information company, Mr Rennie stated he feared “a lot political vitality being wasted on constitutional arguments” within the subsequent parliament and was interesting to previous SNP and Tory voters to again his social gathering on Thursday so MSPs may concentrate on the “huge challenges” dealing with the nation.
Mr Rennie stated: “I feel most individuals would recognise – within the wake of a lethal pandemic the place 1000’s of individuals have misplaced their lives and 1000’s extra have misplaced their job – that perhaps now shouldn’t be the second to pursue one other referendum that inevitably, it doesn’t matter what the perfect intentions are, goes to divide the nation.
“We’ve obtained a few of the largest challenges that we’ve ever confronted, we’ve by no means been by means of a pandemic like this earlier than, we’ve by no means had this local weather emergency earlier than and we’ve by no means confronted the challenges we’ve now obtained with training or psychological well being.”
He added: “It will simply be so irritating to return to an outdated argument once more, particularly when the nationalists don’t have extra solutions than that they had final time – it could simply be miserable to try this over once more.”
Forward of this election, Mr Rennie’s typically-quirky marketing campaign occasions have included feeding penguins, karate classes, serving to rescued badgers and hedgehogs and driving a Lamborghini round a racetrack.
On the eve of polling day, he’s additionally attributable to embark on a microlight flight from North Berwick.
He stated these “vibrant photograph ops” are complementing the Scottish Liberal Democrats’ “actually good marketing campaign technique for our floor conflict” that he believes will see the social gathering make positive aspects on the 5 seats it gained on the final election.
“Our slogan and our message for this marketing campaign simply match the temper and suits me,” he advised PA.
“It’s optimistic and it’s about interesting for folks to reject the extremes and go for our extra wise – however nonetheless fairly radical – proposals to handle folks’s wants moderately than constitutional obsessions, whether or not it’s with the Tories or with all the varied factions inside the nationalists.
“There’s been numerous optimistic suggestions, the SNP vote’s softer than I’ve seen it for a lot of a few years, and [Scottish Conservative leader] Douglas Ross shouldn’t be Ruth Davidson, which makes fairly a little bit of a distinction.
“So I feel we’re actually happy with how issues are going.”