A smear, widely believed to have been pushed by the media in order to harm the SNP as the party prepared to hold its June conference, has forced a philanthropic businessman to reveal his identity.
Boyd Tunnock [pictured] has revealed that he is the man who donated a Rolls-Royce car to the City of Glasgow.
The millionaire owner of Tunnocks said he was surprised at the reaction his gift had caused and confirmed he himself had asked that his identity be kept secret.
In a statement, the busnessman said: “I have to say I’ve been a bit surprised by the reaction to this.
“Glasgow always had a Rolls-Royce and I was able to give mine to the city so I thought, why not?
“I really wanted this to be a good thing. I didn’t want any credit for it so I asked the city to keep my name quiet, but I’m quite happy for people to know it’s me.”
Mr Tunnock’s statement followed days of politically inspired smear attacks on the SNP group in Glasgow after news of the donation was revealed. The attacks, from Labour and Conservative politicians came in the same week the SNP held its June conference.
The attacks were seized on by BBC Scotland with the issue featuring in broadcasts and in online articles.
Statements from Labour MP Paul Sweeney formed the basis for headlines on June 6th.
Despite the attacks, the gift does not transgress rules on donations and will in fact save Glasgow Council much needed public cash.
A Glasgow City Council spokesman said: “It’s important to remember this is a donation which has not cost the council anything and in fact will save money.
“It would clearly not be appropriate to buy a car such as this but having received it as a donation there will be occasions when it is appropriate to use it.”
After receiving the car on Tuesday, Lord Provost Eva Bolander said: “I want Glasgow to show its best face to the world and this gift will help us do that.
“It’s a show-stopping car and a tremendous asset.”
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