Monday, 24 August 2009

Scotland Boycott

The Scottish justice's decision to release Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the terrorist behind the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, has prompted a "boycott Scotland" campaign, echoing the gloriously over the top French boycott when they refused to play along with the Iraq War fiasco.
Americans are being urged to cancel any pending travel plans to Scotland, stop buying Scottish products and stop doing any form of business with companies from Scotland.
A website has been set up featuring a list of e-mail addresses for prominent Scottish politicians, as well as contact details for Scottish newspapers and a list of Scottish products and companies. One call i have heard is for Scotch whisky to be renamed as Freedom Liquor. Have to admire the amount of imagination that went into that one.
The site says a boycott is the 'only way to send a clear and direct message' of American anger over the decision.
It's particularly ironic as Scotland is about to embark on a massive US advertising campaign for the Year of Homecoming in an attempt to attract American with Scottish roots to visit Scotland.
I'd love to see Americans boycott all things that come from Scotland. You will have more rooms in your front rooms without that television and you would have to unplug that phone and your hospitals would save a fortune not having to pay for penicillin or anaesthetic.
Luckily for you, MacDonald's just sounds Scottish so you can still go there.

8 comments:

Cody Bones said...

Silly girl, like there is a chance in hell we (I) will boycott golf and whiskey

Lucy said...

I hope that Scotland sends you a haggis and a CD of the 100 best bagpipe anthems for standing by them Cody.

Nog said...

I've heard that there's some controversy over whether the man actually did anything. There's little I hate more than families of murdered people who get pissed off at anyone accused of the murder, guilty or not.

Cody Bones said...

Since a majority of my ancestry is Irish, I do have a natural tendency towards "McGregor the Sheep#*^%$er jokes, but in the interest of international relations, I shall forgo my Scot jokes for at least 24 hours.

In all seriousness, do these idiots just fit the prototype of people with WAY too much time on their hands. "Hmmm, should I golf and drink whiskey today, or should I try to organize a lame boycott of an entire country"


Decisions decisions

Anonymous said...

Lucy,

once again you crack me up... 300 million americans and you find the wackos...

i don't know one person that agreed with the release, but i also dont know one person that is going to boycott or is even talking about a boycott...

i work in a building with over 15,000 people in it... if there was any momentum behind a boycott surely i would have heard at least one person support it...

q

Lucy said...

There was a controversy at the time Nog about whether he, and the other guy who was cleared, was offered up as fall guys. The general feeling was that he probably was but as he was the mastermind, they had the top guy so were satisfied.

I had a chuckle at it also Q but it's all about finding the angles.
I imagine you could read about how ticked Americans are at Scotland on millions of any other blogs so i just looked for a twist on that theme. I also wanted to shoehorn in the MacDonald's thing.

Cheezy said...

Lucy - long may you keep shining a light on the wackos! They're a lot funnier than normal people. For my own part, I reckon boycotts are for sissies - a bit of 'shock & awe' might learn 'em a bit better. As long as they don't hit the distilleries.

Lucy said...

I've been to Glasgow and i would estimate it would take 24 hours at least before any realised a bomb had hit it.