With the issue of Scottish independence dominating Scotland’s politics, a BBC audience member expressed his frustration at how more pressing issues are being ignored by the SNP. Political opponents have slashed Nicola Sturgeon’s party for turning a blind eye to the NHS backlogs, the cost of living crisis and the second-highest alcohol-related death toll in western Europe.
With the independence issue now monopolising the debate, a weary anti-independence voter aired his anti-IndyRef2 grievances on BBC Debate Night.
The unnamed audience member said: “I think it’s quite obvious how heated the debate is on both sides and how much energy, money, and time we are wasting discussing it, debating it, no matter what side you fall on.
“Personally I’d vote against independence. But whatever side you fall on, let’s just have the vote and get on with it.
“Every issue is being distracted by it.”
Since the yes vote campaign lost the case for independence in 2014, Nicola Sturgeon has been almost exclusively running on the promise to hold a second vote.
The SNP leader has repeatedly tried to snatch a second independence referendum from Westminster but failed amid opposition from successive Conservative Prime Ministers.
Boris Johnson, Theresa May and Liz Truss have all argued now is now the time for a vote given the economic crisis and that the 2014 referendum was a once-in-a-generation vote.
The First Minister is now taking the fight for independence in the UK Supreme Court, where she hopes judges will rule in favour of an advisory referendum on Scottish independence.
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