SNP’s ‘extreme nationalism’ called out in BBC clash – ‘Scots don’t want a referendum!’

Scotland: Voters ‘don’t want another referendum’ says McConnell

Lord Jack McConnell has predicted that the SNP’s support will collapse if they continue to push for a referendum. The former Scottish First Minister and Scottish Labour Party leader told the BBC’s Politics Scotland that “people across Scotland will be choking on their breakfast at the mention of another referendum”. This comes as the SNP announced the creation of an “independence taskforce,” despite being in the midst of the Covid pandemic and a looming double-dip recession.

BBC’s Politics Scotland host Gary Robertson said: “Does Labour need a better position when it comes to the second Scottish independence referendum?

“The SNP have said that they see this election as a referendum on whether we should have a referendum.

“With them indicating indyref2 and the Tories on the other side saying no to that, is it a danger that Labour would be stuck in the middle and ground out?”

Lord McConnell responded: “I genuinely think people across Scotland will be choking on their breakfast at you mentioning another referendum at this particular time.”

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He continued: “We have had a pandemic affect our country for 12 months.”

When the BBC host referenced the support for independence, which currently stands at 57 percent in the latest polls, the Labour peer hit. back.

He said: “That’s not the issue. The issue is whether they want a second referendum or not.

“This debate has divided Scotland for the better part of a decade between extreme nationalism on one side and extreme unionism, and what Scotland wants is a government that will help rebuild our economy.

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“Half to the people who say they would vote for the SNP are not extreme nationalists. They certainly don’t want another referendum anytime soon

“Scottish people want a better education system. They want a stronger economy, a stronger health service.”

Earlier this week, the SNP were called out for the timing of their ‘independence taskforce’.

Unionists claimed it showed the SNP was deeply “out of touch” given people’s concern about coronavirus, the vaccine rollout and economic recovery.


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MSP Anas Sarwar, who is standing to be Scottish Labour leader, said: “The SNP’s priorities are wrong.

“Right now, political leaders should be focused on the coronavirus crisis, the vaccination programme and creating stability for the people of Scotland.

“As we emerge from the pandemic, what is needed is a taskforce on jobs, health and education – not on independence.”

Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, added: “Amid a public health pandemic when people are losing their lives and livelihoods, the idea that we need a taskforce on separation shows just how out of touch the SNP is.

“Imagine thinking that what we need right now is a taskforce focused on dividing communities and building borders, rather than bringing people together and rebuilding our country.

“The SNP is obsessed with how to tear families and friends apart, but we are stronger together as part of the UK and we can ensure a successful recovery by working together.”

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