After a brick incident, Willie Rennie calls for a “gentler style of politics” in the Scottish election of 2021.


Willie Rennie, after a brick incident, calls for a “gentler style of politics” in Scotland’s election of 2021.

The Scottish Lib Dem leader expressed his hope for a “more civil” debate on key issues such as Scottish independence.

After a brick was thrown through a window of his party’s headquarters, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats called for a “gentler style of politics.”

Willie Rennie expressed his hope that, regardless of the election’s outcome, key issues such as Scottish independence would be discussed in a “more civil manner.”

He made the remarks in an interview with i shortly after the incident at the party’s headquarters in Edinburgh, which left employees “shaken.”

A 27-year-old man was later arrested and charged in connection with the incident on Clifton Terrace, according to Police Scotland.

On the campaign trail, other acts of vandalism have been reported, including a Scottish Conservative MSP posting a photo of a sawn-in-half wooden placard.

Mr Rennie said the incident highlighted how divided Scotland is on the constitutional question, citing a “massive chasm” between the Yes and No camps.

“It’s extremely concerning.”

Some people believe the SNP is evil, while others believe the Tories and the Union are evil,” he explained.

“We need to get away from that because it doesn’t work when both sides are so misinformed.”

“The SNP isn’t a bad organization.

I get along well with a lot of people in the SNP, and they have the country’s best interests at heart.

“Apart from independence, our politics are often very similar – I simply disagree with them on the creation of a separate country.”

“The Conservative Party has some good people in it.”

I just don’t like how we demonize both sides.”

He described the brick incident as a timely reminder to all party leaders “about how unpleasant [politics]can be and how angry some people can be.”

“It’s incumbent upon all of us who lead parties to try to set a better tone,” he added.

“I would like it,” he said when asked about what he wants to see change in the next five years.

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Willie Rennie, after a brick incident, calls for a “gentler style of politics” in Scotland’s election of 2021.

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Scottish election 2021: Willie Rennie calls for ‘gentler style of politics’ after brick incident

You ask the questions

We are aware, through daily repetition, of what you are against. What are you for that could be viewed as positive? (Dale Frodsham, Cupar, Fife)

“I think this is actually one of the most positive campaigns that we’ve ever run. We’re in favour of improving mental health services, of recruiting more mental health counsellors, mental health first aiders in every workplace.

“On education, we’re wanting to recruit more teachers to cut class sizes, we want to expand nursery education to all two-year-olds, rather than just some.

“We’re in favour of a youth jobs guarantee, £5,000 grants for reskilling and retraining, and then all the jobs that come with one million air source heat pumps, which is our big home energy policy. So that’s quite a lot.”

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