Alex Salmond No Different To Trump Or Farage, Lib Dem MP Claims

10 March 2017, 14:59 | Updated: 10 March 2017, 15:02

Lib Dems

Former first minister Alex Salmond is no different from Nigel Farage of Ukip or even US President Donald Trump, a senior Liberal Democrat has insisted.

Alistair Carmichael, who served as Scottish secretary in the coalition government, argued that whatever form it takes, ''nationalism is still nationalism''.

Mr Carmichael, the only remaining Lib Dem MP in Scotland, stated: ''Alex Salmond will tell you that all he wants is for decisions about Scotland to be made in Scotland.

''How is that different to Nigel Farage wanting to take back control? Or even Donald Trump wanting to do deals, great deals, that put America first?''

Speaking at the Scottish Liberal Democrat conference in Perth, the Orkney and Shetland MP said: ''Let me be quite clear about this: the answer to nationalism is never more nationalism.

''Dress it up any way you like but nationalism is still nationalism.''

Mr Carmichael accused the SNP of being ''just as ambivalent about our position in Europe'' as the Tories.

Ever since the UK voted to leave the European Union, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been warning another independence referendum is ''highly likely''.

Mr Carmichael said: ''If the SNP really wanted to be a voice for the 62% of Scots who voted remain last June, then they would join us in demanding that the people of Britain be given the last word on the deal that Theresa May does with the rest of Europe.''

The Lib Dem MP went on to state it was Scotland's ''misfortune to have two nationalist governments - a Scottish nationalist government in Edinburgh and a British nationalist government in London''.

He said: ''For all their differences, they are remarkably similar

''Last week Theresa May came to Scotland and talked about little else than the SNP and independence.''

He also criticised Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson, saying that in the run-up to the 2016 Holyrood election she ''offered a pitch to the Scottish people to be an opposition to the SNP'', but added that since then ``she has conspired with the SNP to talk about nothing else than the constitution''.

Mr Carmichael added: ''That is not opposition. That is collusion.''