Sir Ian Wood attacks indy plan
Oil tycoon: SNP ‘adversarial and negative’
Sir Ian Wood: ‘system isn’t working’
The SNP government is failing the people of Scotland by being adversarial and negative towards the Scottish and UK governments working together, according to one of the country’s top business figures.
Oil tycoon Sir Ian Wood said the system isn’t working and that having another referendum on independence is “absolutely not” what the country should be doing at the present time.
In a sharp rebuke of SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon’s party and pursuit of independence, Sir Ian told a television audience that the Scottish government is not focused on looking after the people, but is too focused on its goal of separation.
He said: “We had a referendum five years ago. It’s an incredibly important question and we absolutely should not be addressing it again.
“What’s gone completely wrong in the past two or three years is that we’ve got a Scottish government who are generally adversarial and negative about a whole range of things that might happen with the UK and Scotland working together.
“And that’s what we should have. We don’t have a devolved government which is just looking at looking after Scotland at all. We’ve a devolved government who are focused on independence.
“What we need is a devolved government that will work with the UK government. I’ve got a list of six different things here which could happen, but right now are being held back because frankly the Scottish government’s position is they don’t really want any big help from UK government because somehow it will cut across their devolution rights.
“The structure and the system right now just isn’t working. If we could get that sorted out and honestly get both governments working together in a whole range of quite exciting things that could be done, we’d be able to look ahead. We’re not.
“With great respect, the SNP government have got one objective in mind and that’s independence. Their actual job is to look after the Scottish people and get the best deal for the Scottish people. That’s not their top priority now.”
Kate Forbes, Scottish Finance Secretary, speaking on the same panel, replied: “I fundamentally disagree with that.”
She said she shared the view of Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross, also on the panel, who said recently that his Westminster colleagues “do not care about Scotland” which was why there is an increase in support for independence.
Responding to Sir Ian’s comments this morning, Mr Ross said: “Sir Ian Wood is one of the country’s most respected business figures and his assessment of this relentlessly negative SNP government is damning.
“The SNP would rather pick fights and obsess about independence than work together for the benefit of the people of Scotland.
“It is vital that the UK and Scottish governments work together during this pandemic and going forward to rebuild our economy.”