AN ex-Scots Labour adviser has backed independence – as he slammed “blow-hard” Prime Minister .

Economist Duncan Maclennan, professor of public policy at Glasgow University, worked with former First Minister’s Donald Dewar, Henry McLeish and Jack McConnell.

Ex-Scots Labour adviser backs independence as he slams 'blow-hard' Boris Johnson


A former Scots Labour adviser has backed Scottish independenceCredit: AFP or licensors
Ex-Scots Labour adviser backs independence as he slams 'blow-hard' Boris Johnson


Duncan Maclennan blasted Credit: AFP or licensors

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.

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“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.

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.”

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