Gordon Brown: SNP and Tories harming Scotland with non-stop Punch and Judy Show

Gordon Brown will today warn that the SNP and the Conservatives are locked in a “non-stop Punch and Judy Show” that is wreaking havoc and could lead to 50 years of division in Scotland.

Gordon Brown has warned of 50 years of division ahead. Picture: John Devlin
Gordon Brown has warned of 50 years of division ahead. Picture: John Devlin

In a speech in Glasgow, the former prime minister will urge voters to rally behind Labour to protect the Scottish economy and public services.

Mr Brown will say: “I fear for the future of Scotland unless it can break free from this non-stop, never-ending, constitution- obsessed SNP/Conservative Punch and Judy show.

“Both parties bang on day after day about independence, continuously ratcheting up the decibel levels with their ever-more hard-line policy stances: the SNP for all-out independence, nothing less – that now has become even more extreme with their plans to abandon the British pound and exit the UK customs union and single market, which would not now count as a soft independence but a hard independence.

“Meanwhile, the Conservatives increasingly reveal their hand as hostile to devolution – and because in Scotland they can’t talk about Europe or about their policy for austerity, they talk about nothing else than the constitutional issues.”


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Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard will say: “At this critical point political leaders must do more than just talk about healing division. There needs to be action to demonstrate this.”