The Scottish Green Party has complained to the country’s advertising watchdog after the appearance of a Trump International anti-windfarm advert in two Scottish newspapers.
The Greens claim that the ad – which attacks the release of Abdelbasset al-Megrahi and links it to Scottish Government support for renewable energy – is offensive.
Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, said that the party had reported Trump International to the Advertising Standards Agency.
He said: “Trump has sunk to a new low. Linking renewables policy to Lockerbie victims is sick. Not only did he have no shred of evidence that tourism would suffer when we quizzed him during the parliament’s inquiry into renewables, he has already been censured by the authorities for placing similar anti-renewables adverts.
“Trump’s organisation has already trashed a unique environment on the coast of Aberdeenshire and trampled on the rights of local people. Now he appears to be determined to buy up chunks of the Scottish press. It’s vital that Scotland doesn’t allow a bully to think he can flash his cash and get his own way.”
However, Trump International spokesman George Sorial said in a press release that the Greens were hypocritical for supporting wind energy, while neglecting to mention what the link is between renewables and the release of the Lockerbie Bomber.
He said: The advertisement that appeared in print today was submitted and approved in advance by the Committee of Advertising Practice. We actually wanted the content to be much stronger because Scotland is facing an economic and environmental meltdown if wind turbines are not stopped.
“The Green Party is a complete joke because they have chosen to promote these destructive machines. Their policies should be challenged on every front because they have done nothing to protect the deliberate mutilation of their own environment, coastline and countryside. Members of “green” groups must be embarrassed.
“Those who lost a family member or a friend in the Lockerbie tragedy must be incredibly incensed with Alex Salmond for releasing a murderous criminal.
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