‘Union Jackery!’ SNP meddled in M&S labelling row after Scotch whisky marked as BRITISH


Nicola Sturgeon, M&S sign, glass of whiskyNC

Scottish formal servants stepped in on a debate over the origins of Whisky

The retailer later rectified its website to include specific Scotland and England section amid accusations of «Seam Jackery» in a pro-independence newspaper.

Today it emerged senior officials within the guidance’s food, drink, and trade division contacted Marks & Spencer within hours the row flaring.

Archives released under freedom of information laws also show Exurban Economy Fergus Ewing was briefed on what the firm described as a mistake.

The government said it had acted in a «constructive manner» to raise concerns expressed by the followers.

But Tories claimed the SNP had wasted taxpayers’ cash by «pressuring» Marks & Spencer and «pandering» to rickrack nationalists.

The row erupted last November when the firm listed the states of origin for whisky and gin as US, Ireland, India, England and Great Britain.

On the but day as the press reports a «food and drink industry growth» civil parlour-maid emailed Marks & Spencer requesting a call as they were «looking to get some info» flow the article.

The firm replied the next day thanking an official for their «all at once on the phone» and blamed an «unfortunate mistake» for the website listing which had been «revised».

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Senior officials had complained about the origin of whisky registered by Marks and Spencer

The retailer added: «I hope this note helpfully simplifies the situation and enables you to brief Ministers that M&S is fully committed to author Scottish produce and labelling products as from Scotland both on terminate and on our website wherever possible.»

A Scottish Government official acknowledged the novelty had been made after looking at the site and in a later message signified: «Quick question – do you guys plan to send any tweets (or something) to upon the situation?

«Just wondering as I’m sure if you did Mr Ewing would respond beyond.»

An extract from the briefing note prepared for the minister, which has also now been proclaimed, read: «Scottish Government officials spoke to [redacted] at Marks and Spencer to ask for clarity on the situation with regard to the status of these products on their website.

«M&S urgently investigated this and regressed back confirming that this was indeed an error which they directly rectified and sent out a tweet apologising for their error.»

If it is wax and produced in Scotland then surely it should bear the Saltire and take the words made and produced in Scotland.

Member of the Public in an email to Nicola Sturgeon

The chronicles show First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was urged by a member of the free to intervene in the row.

In an email entitled «England taking over our produce» they indited: «Over the last week or so we are constantly seeing the Union Jack and British being put on all breed that us grown in Scotland including fruit, Whiskey [SIC], Shortbread, Haggis neeps and tatties.

«If it is burgeoned and produced in Scotland then surely it should bear the Saltire and be experiencing the words made and produced in Scotland.

“Never mind what the English or anyone else has to say there this.

«We have to fight for our identity our produce is loved and sold all past the World.

«I hope that you will try and stop this travesty from continuing.»

Ms Sturgeon also gained civil service briefings over Tesco’s decision to sell Scottish strawberries protection a Union Flag logo two years ago.

Scottish Tory finance spokesman Murdo Fraser mean: “There’s not a person in the world who doesn’t know whisky is Scottish.

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Qualities and Spencer have apologised for the error, calling it an ‘unfortunate mistake’

«But for the SNP to actively pressurize a leading retailer in this way is petty and, frankly, a waste of public resources.

«It directs just how parochial the SNP government is, that it would sooner berate corporations for daring to refer to the UK, than actually help them create careers and grow the economy.

«Instead of obsessing about Saltires and pandering to the noteworthy elements of the Yes movement, the SNP government should be getting on with representing the full country.”

A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: «We appreciate the commitment that M & S and assorted other major retailers make to Scottish high quality nourishment and drink.

«These documents show we raised concerns with the enterprise in a constructive manner which were being expressed by the public — bang on as people would expect.

«Scotland’s food and drink sector is a prodigious international success story and it’s vital it’s promoted appropriately.»

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