‘Boycott Scotland’ Not Likely To Have An Effect On Sales, Travel
"Boycott Scotland," an unexpected online rant, is not likely to cause US consumers to stop buying Scottish goods and services, says Scottish First Minister.
The “Boycott Scotland” campaign made the news yesterday, involving people in the United States are encouraging each other via online media to boycott the sales of Scottish and British products, and travel tours over the “mercy” release of Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the person jailed for with the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 that killed 259 passengers and crew. The Lockerbie bomber who is dying from prostate cancer returned to his native Libya on August 20, where he was cheered by the local crowds.
In response to the online boycotts, Scottish government and some producers are saying they do not anticipate the boycott to have any serious effect on Scotland's economy.
David Williamson of the Scottish Whiskey Association has told reporters that he doesn't expect any long-term damage to the 370 million-pound ($610 million) business of selling Scotch to Americans.
The United States is Scotland's biggest trading partner, taking exports worth over 2 billion pounds ($3.3 billion) each year. "It's not the sort of publicity we're looking for as a nation," said Garry Clark, head of policy at the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.
The Scottish Labour leader, Iain Gray, said: "These boycott campaigns hurt Scotland and our international reputation."
But the country's first minister, Alex Salmond, has dismissed the concerns, saying: "Many, many things appear in the blogosphere. What we are talking about is in the real world, and in the real world the relationship between Scotland and the United States is strong and enduring."
It has been alleged by the online boycotters that the UK government decided to free al-Megrahi to improve its economic ties with oil-rich Libya.
Mr. MacAskill, the so-called "Justice" Secretary of Scotland, you should be ashamed of yourself. You know nothing of justice, nor will we ever forgive your heinous action, and it is our sincere hope that the people of Scotland will strongly voice their opposition to what you have done. You have shown to the international community that your government and the United Kingdom as a whole will stop at nothing to pursue the neverending and relentless acquisition of oil revenues.