We see in this latest bit of whining from Willie Rennie the disregard of reality that is essential to political spin. In order to turn the trivial into a smear, practitioners of this type of low politics have to pretend that it is something other than what it is. But the true adept will always ensure that there is some kernel of truth to which they can refer on the off-chance that they are ever challenged by the British media.
Willie Rennie asks about “due diligence”. He does so, not for the purpose of eliciting information, but in order to imply that there has been no due diligence. And there is the kernel of truth. It is actually true that there has not been due diligence of the kind he refers to. The spin comes in suggesting that there should or could have been such due diligence.
The reality is that a Memorandum of Understanding such as that signed by Nicola Sturgeon comes very early in an extremely protracted process. It comes a long, long way before the point at which due diligence is required.
The question, therefore, is whether Rennie might be unaware of this – and, therefore, too ill-informed to have a valid viewpoint. Or whether he is fully briefed and being dishonest when he tries to deceive people into thinking that due diligence would have been appropriate at this point in proceedings.
Is Wille Rennie a liar? Or is he merely a fool?