- Alfie Baron
Elaine C Smith was speaking as the convener of the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC). She continued to say: "The question of independence for some has not yet been answered and we need to find it in ourselves to listen why that is.
"Calling people traitors or quislings isn't the way forward.
"Brow-beating other people is not the way to convince the 20-30 percent of voters that may change their minds that independence is the way forward".
The Scottish Conservatives urged Ms Smith to withdraw her comment, claiming it was outrageously offensive.
Smith's comments come at the same time that former First Minister, Alex Salmond, claimed that the "Union was weaker than ever".
Salmond has called for "leadership" and wants plans for a second referendum to be put into place. He said "The people will be ready... there is an army of people waiting to be led".