As part of its independence campaign, the Scottish National Party (SNP) spends £4,000 on Scottish flags.
The Scottish Government of Nicola Sturgeon has stirred outrage after spending taxpayers’ money on new Scottish flags as part of their push for independence.
In an email sent this week, SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford urged colleagues to prepare for a “new phase” of independence advocacy. In a blow at the UK, FOI data from the Scottish Government revealed that SNP ministers spent four times more on Saltire flags than Union flags at the time Mr Blackford made the statement.
Between 2017 and 2021, £4,034 of Scottish taxpayers’ money was spent on the St Andrews Cross, according to the data.
During the COVID-19 epidemic, when SNP officials promised constitutional matters would be put on hold, £1,138.20 was spent on flags alone in the 2020/21 financial year.
During the same time period, £1,027.80 was spent on Union flags between 2017 and 2021.
“All too often, the SNP appear more concerned in purchasing flags than tackling the genuine concerns confronting Scotland,” said Donald Cameron MSP, Scottish Tory Constitution spokesperson.
“We know Ian Blackford is already mobilising SNP MPs for next month’s independence campaign.”
“Rather than dwelling about constitutional issues, their focus should be on our recovery.”
The Scottish Government has issued instructions stating that, in addition to the EU flag, the Saltire flag should be flown daily above all Scottish Government buildings.
The Union flag, on the other hand, can only be flown once a year on Remembrance Sunday, according to the guidance.
The EU flag had traditionally only been flown from government buildings on May 9, Europe Day.
“The First Minister has requested that the European flag be flown from Scottish Government buildings on a daily basis, except on designated flag flying dates,” according to the advice.
The Scottish Government’s headquarters are located in Edinburgh’s St Andrews House and Leith’s Victoria Quay.
A request for comment has been sent to the Scottish Government.
Ms. Sturgeon has stated that she would like a second vote before the end of 2023, depending on the situation of the COVID-19 epidemic.
However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson would have to approve permission for a legal vote, and he has so far indicated that he will not grant a section 30 order, which is required for a referendum.