The office of Scottish Secretary David Mundell has been slammed after posting a promotional video for English gin on its twitter account.
Formerly the Scotland Office, the now renamed UK Government in Scotland, posted a tweet containing the following message: “Are you eager to grow your business and start exporting? From kitchen table to San Francisco, @ForestGin took their product to the global market – you can too”
Beneath the message was a promotional video for gin. However instead of being distilled in Scotland, the gin featured was distilled in Macclesfield in England.
The tweet prompted a string of angry responses with many people questioning why a UK government department set up to promote Scotland was advertising gin made south of the border.
One poster said: “This shows just how entirely irrelevant to Scotland the Scottish Office has become. It’s time to scrap it entirely. SNP should have big campaign to get rid.”
Another accused the UK department of acting in a colonial manner: “Seriously starting to think of this as the Colonial Government Scotland. Think this stuff should be tipped into the sea – it has a precedent in Boston, I believe.”
One tweet contained a map of Scotland [click to enlarge] showing the huge variety of gin produced in Scotland: “I’m sure Forest gin is lovely but be really interested on hearing why you are promoting an English gin when there are plenty of brands in SCOTLAND which could do with some publicity👇 That is part of your remit right?🤔”
The English gin promo comes days after another UK department caused anger after it slapped a Union Jack on a host of Scottish products at the Royal Highland Show. Iconic landmarks such as the Kelpies and the Forth Bridge were also festooned with the British flag.
This latest episode prompted one individual to produce a short satirical video that promoted Scottish gin. Sarah Mackie tweeted: “There are literally DOZENS of gin producers in Scotland that Mundell’s department could have chosen to promote. Instead, what used to be the Scotland Office is pushing ads for gin made in Cheshire.”
She added: “So, I decided to make a wee video on the matter:”
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