The Scottish Labour leader insisted the First Minister’s decision to focus on a second referendum instead of the country’s inequality had led to many “angry” and “distressed” Scots.
Speaking on Sky News, the 35-year-old claimed the SNP should be making better use of Holyrood to improve the lives of Scottish citizens.
She said: “I put forward a proposal in the budget that we just passed a matter of weeks ago to stop any further cuts to public services in Scotland by asking those with the broadest shoulders to pay a bit more tax.
“The SNP, that’s apparently a left-wing, socialist force, voted that down. The SNP and Nicola Sturgeon voted against the 50p top rate of tax for the richest people, the richest one per cent in Scottish society.
Kezia Dugdale hit out at Nicola Sturgeon's move to drag Scots back to an independence vote
That’s what makes so many Scots so angry and so upset and distressed that they’re being dragged back to this referendum debate
“She has the powers to do things differently now to make different choices from the Tories, to tackle poverty and inequality and she’s ignored all that, dismissed all that so that she can carry on making that grievance case for independence and that’s what makes so many Scots so angry and so upset and distressed that they’re being dragged back to this referendum debate once again.”
Ms Dugdale previously launched a furious tirade at the First Minister claiming she was using Brexit as the “latest excuse” in a long line of attempts to split the UK.
Ms Sturgeon faced a difficult time during a Holyrood debate on Tuesday, with her counterparts demanding she takes responsibility for Scotland’s issues rather than blame the Conservatives or Labour.
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More than 3.6m people turned out to vote in the Scottish independent referendum, resulting in a 'No' vote with 55.3%.Here we take a look at the public's reaction.
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Pro-Independence supporters are pictured in Edinburgh, Scotland, on September 19, 2014, as referendum results are announced. Scotland appeared set to reject independence on Friday with 23 out of 32 voting areas declared and the crucial Glasgow region having given its result
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The Scottish Labour leader, speaking in Holyrood, said: “When the last Labour government introduced groundbreaking anti-discrimination laws, maternity and paternity leave, the National Minimum Wage, tax credits, rights at work and civil partnerships, the SNP were arguing for Scotland to leave the United Kingdom.
“When the UK Labour government delivered a Scottish parliament – the expressed will of the people following a referendum – the SNP still campaigned for Scotland to leave the United Kingdom.
“Brexit isn’t the motivation for another referendum, it’s just the latest excuse!”