Whisky on the rocks

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A BOTTLE of whisky at a Burns Supper has become the focus of “gutter sniping” between local politicians.

For a raffle at the Balbirnie Hotel in Markinch, Lindsay Roy MP donated the House of Commons bottle and signed it with ‘enjoy!’ on the label.

But a passing comment to the winner’s husband, Cllr David Alexander, has sparked an online spat.

On Monday, Cllr Alistair Hunter tweeted: “Lindsay Roy allegedly said: “See your wife won the whisky I donated, I hope it sticks in your throat” to a constituent charmer”.

Cllr Hunter defended his actions, saying Mr Roy’s behaviour at the Markinch Burns’ Club event last month amounted to verbal abuse and was unbefitting of someone in public office.

“What he said was just completely and utterly outrageous. Four or five people overheard the statement as he left,” he commented

“It’s okay to have political differences but it should never become personal. It’s not cool.”

He added: “This is not a smear campaign – a smear campaign would be based on unfounded allegations.

“I chose to put it out there and people can read into it what they want to read into it.

“If he (Lindsay Roy) is hacked off, he shouldn’t 
have said it.”

However, Mr Roy said he could not believe the SNP was making an issue of a light-hearted comment. “On the way out, I met Councillor David Alexander and asked him if had won it.

“He said he hadn’t. I joked that if he had, I would have been tempted to add ‘I hope it doesn’t stick in your throat,’ given his criticism of everything that comes from Westminster.”

He continued: “To say I am disappointed – and angry – they are seeking to twist my words in this fashion is putting it mildly.

“It is gutter politics at its worst and certainly not what we should expect from a party trying to present itself as mature enough to make a reasoned case for separation.

“Clearly, the cybernats still have a lot of growing up to do if the Scottish people are ever to take them seriously on such major issues.’’