Call for inquiry

Scottish government accused of peddling SNP propaganda

The video which appears on social media channels

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has demanded an inquiry after accusing government civil servants of flouting strict rules on political neutrality by peddling “SNP propaganda”.

A Scottish Government video – promoted on the government’s official social media accounts – makes a series of anti-Brexit claims.

The narrator states the UK-EU trade deal is “a bad deal for Scotland” that will damage business and communities.

He also says the deal will cause “greater risk to national security” and concludes by saying: “We believe Scotland has the right to choose a better future as an independent country.”

Mr Ross said: “This video is a work of shameless propaganda and it’s incredible that a politically neutral civil service would think it is in any way appropriate.

Douglas Ross

Douglas Ross: ‘This video tries to take us all for fools’

“For taxpayers to be bankrolling a work of one-sided Nationalist distortion is not on. The government is supposed to represent everyone in Scotland.

“Today I have written to Simon Case, the UK Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service and also to Leslie Evans, Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government.

“The truth is the UK-EU trade deal has been welcomed by Scottish business leaders who say it is good for jobs and the economy.

“This video tries to take us all for fools, especially the one million plus Scots who voted to leave the EU.

“We know Nicola Sturgeon and her party cannot accept reality as seen by her #NoDealNicola hypocrisy but the civil service should play no part in peddling SNP propaganda, falsehoods and grievance.

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