SNP deputy 'wildly out of touch' over pandemic comments

SNP deputy leader Keith Brown has been accused of being “wildly out of touch” after admitting he wants the pandemic to end so campaigning for independence can restart.

Speaking on the Herald’s Brian Taylor podcast, Keith Brown said he wishes for the current crisis to be over partly for “a selfish reason” because it would enable independence campaigners to get out and about again.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said Brown must apologise for his “shameful” remarks, with more than 10,000 families in Scotland having lost a loved one due to Covid.

Douglas Ross says the comments show the SNP will always put independence as their number one priority.

With less than 72 hours until polls open, he has urged pro-UK voters to unite around the Scottish Conservatives on their peach ballot paper to halt the SNP’s plans for another reckless independence referendum.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said: “These are shameful comments from the SNP’s deputy leader. He must apologise immediately for such disrespectful remarks.

“Over 10,000 families in Scotland are grieving the loss of loved ones due to Covid, yet Keith Brown’s priority is getting out to campaign for independence.

“The SNP are wildly out of touch with people’s priorities. For Keith Brown and his nationalist colleagues, it couldn’t be clearer that independence comes first over Scotland’s recovery from coronavirus.

“All our focus should be on rebuilding our communities from the devastating effects of the pandemic.

“On Thursday, if pro-UK voters unite around the Scottish Conservatives on their peach party list vote, even just this once, they can stop an SNP majority, stop their push for indyref2 and have a Parliament 100% focused on rebuilding Scotland.”

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