Tony Miklinski told Express.co.uk the economy is not the highest priority for the SNP and that Nicola Sturgeon sees everything through the lens of Scottish independence. Mr Miklinski added that Scotland’s First Minister “relies on the UK Government”.
Mr Miklinski said: “The underlining issue here is that the SNP don’t put the economy at the top of their priority.
“They don’t place it such that they worry that we are going to come out of this in some way shape or form.
“This is because they can rely on the UK Government and they do rely on the UK Government.
“So that puts them in a very comfortable position politically and, of course, Nicola Sturgeon sees everything through the lens of independence.
Nicola Sturgeon is the leader of the SNP
Nicola Sturgeon has been Scotland’s First Minister for over five years
“That is always the underlining factor on how she is going to act.”
During the same interview, the Scottish Conservative politician warned Ms Sturgeon that some members of the SNP are growing tired of following her patient approach to Scottish independence.
Mr Miklinski said it was impacting Ms Sturgeon’s power base.
He warned that Scotland’s First Minister has promised the impossible and she has now got nothing left to offer.
Mr Miklinski: “I am not part of the SNP so I can’t speak from within but I do listen and see the signs.
“There are people who are not inclined to follow her patient route.
“There are factions in the SNP that have different agendas.
“So while without doubt she is the most able politician in the SNP ranks, I don’t think her power base is secure because people are getting impatient.
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“They have been promised so many times that they would get independence and it was just around the corner and they have been disappointed so many times.
“They have been promised the impossible.
“They said once in a generation, we are six years on, that is not a generation.
“Nicola has got nothing left to offer.”