AN ex-Scots Labour adviser has backed independence – as he slammed “blow-hard” Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Economist Duncan Maclennan, professor of public policy at Glasgow University, worked with former First Minister’s Donald Dewar, Henry McLeish and Jack McConnell.
But the expert claimed that Scotland has become disconnected from the rest of the UK – and told the Sunday Times it was “fundamentally important” that IndyRef2 was held.
Maclennan also blasted Mr Johnson’s comments branding devolution north of the border a “disaster”.
The economist said: “Scotland can strengthen its international connections, it has strong institutions and communities and it also seems to have a creative drive to embrace more sustainable and fairer futures than does the likely Westminster-Whitehall realm for the decade ahead.
“I now believe that our best first constitutional move in a very uncertain world is to seek Scottish independence.”
Maclennan said that the wisdom of former Labour First Minister’s had been “devalued and dismissed by a blow-hard prime minister”.
He said that “elitism, incompetence and unelected arrogance” had become hallmarks of the current UK Government.
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The former Labour adviser also praised the “professional honesty” of a Nats economic indy blueprint.
Anas Sarwar, Scottish Labour’s constitution spokesman, added: “Scottish Labour will continue to oppose the damage that Scottish independence would do to the people of Scotland and the deep austerity that would follow in its wake.
“We need a period of healing, not stoking old divisions.”