illie Rennie has mentioned he is assured the Scottish Liberal Democrats could make positive factors on the Holyrood election to keep away from “a lot political power being wasted” on an independence referendum.
The Scottish Lib Dem chief mentioned depriving the SNP of a majority after Thursday’s vote ought to put an finish to its “constitutional obsession” for at the very least 5 years so politicians can as a substitute deal with restoration from the pandemic.
Chatting with the PA information company, Mr Rennie mentioned he feared “a lot political power being wasted on constitutional arguments” within the subsequent parliament and was interesting to previous SNP and Tory voters to again his get together on Thursday so MSPs may deal with the “monumental challenges” going through the nation.
Mr Rennie mentioned: “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 possibly now isn’t 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 received a number of the largest challenges that we’ve ever confronted, we’ve by no means been by way 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 received with schooling or psychological well being.”
He added: “It might simply be so irritating to return to an outdated argument once more, particularly when the nationalists don’t have extra solutions than that they had final time – it might simply be miserable to do this over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 can also be attributable to embark on a microlight flight from North Berwick.
He mentioned these “vibrant photograph ops” are complementing the Scottish Liberal Democrats’ “actually good marketing campaign technique for our floor battle” that he believes will see the get together make positive factors on the 5 seats it gained on the final election.
“Our slogan and our message for this marketing campaign simply match the temper and matches me,” he informed PA.
“It’s optimistic and it’s about interesting for individuals to reject the extremes and go for our extra smart – however nonetheless fairly radical – proposals to handle individuals’s wants reasonably than constitutional obsessions, whether or not it’s with the Tories or with all the assorted factions inside the nationalists.
“There’s been a whole lot of 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 isn’t Ruth Davidson, which makes fairly a little bit of a distinction.
“So I feel we’re actually happy with how issues are going.”