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Boycott Scotland? Your comments

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Readers of BBC News online have been e-mailing their views on a proposed "boycott" of Scottish goods and tourism.

A website urging Americans to "Boycott Scotland" has been set up following the controversial decision to release Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the man convicted of carrying out the Lockerbie bombing.

Grassroots campaigns were also launched on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, while calls have even been made to have Scotch whisky renamed as Freedom Liquor.


I am sorry to say that I will never buy another bottle of Scotch in a store, never order another drink of Scotch in a bar or a restaurant again even though it is among my favourite alcoholic beverages. I will not buy any Scottish products again. I have not bought any French products since 2003.
Mark, New Jersey, USA

I will read every label on everything I purchase. If it is from Scotland, it will not be purchased by me.
Barbara, St Louis, USA

Certainly has changed my plans. I was making a trip to Scotland this fall, but am reconsidering it. Misplaced compassion on the authorities part if you ask me. The families must be wrecked over this.
Richard, Manchester USA

I will be taking part in the Scottish boycott, taking it off of my potential holiday destinations and avoiding Scottish food, drink etc. I resent my taxes being used to support a country which acts with such reckless abandon with regard to the broader UK interest. It makes me sick to hear the release being projected as a morally correct thing to do.
James, Northwood, England

I'm from Scotland. As for Scotland being the "Gold Standard" legal system, I've never heard such rubbish. Scotland's legal system is a joke - just look at the "not proven" verdict. Sentences are too lenient and our society is crumbling under the weight of reprobates, drugs and organised crime. If you are American help us out and punish our incompetent and lily livered politicians.
Brian, Greenock

I would not have been in favour of a boycott, if there wasn't a "welcome home" victory reception for the convicted terrorist in his home country. However given the way things have unfolded in the last few days, and after actually researching this case, I find it strange that the minister who authorized this release actually visited this terrorist, convicted under Scottish law, when he doesn't do this for other prisoners who have applied for "compassionate" release leads me to believe this was entirely political. So now I think a boycott is possible and I would encourage it. Say bye to Scottish Whiskey.
Tim, West Virginia, USA

I support the "boycott" as I consider the release a betrayal of our human values. Scotland demonstrates it is not capable of governing itself . No more visits by me to Scotland , it has been a yearly destination for me for 30 years and often 3 to 4 times a year.
Robert, Dublin, Ireland

I will boycott everything Scottish and will ensure that our company does not deal again in Scottish imports.
Kevin, Armidale, Australia

I will no longer buy or consume Scotch whiskey. And a planned trip to Scotland is off. I plan to continue observing the boycott until those responsible for the decision are out of government. Comparing this to the attitudes towards France (i.e. Freedom Fries) is a mistake. In that case, France only refused the US use of its airspace, a comparatively passive act. Releasing Megrahi was a conscious, considered act, one which could have been overturned anywhere along the way. This will not easily be forgotten. Chris, London

To be honest, I don't blame people for boycotting this country. Alex Salmond and his cronies have irreparably damaged our good name overseas. They should hang their heads in shame - as they resign.
James, Wick, Caithness

Why is it we keep making mistakes? This government deserves any type of boycott and will get one at the next election!
Ron, Portugal

I will 'boycott' Scottish products and I am Scottish!
John, Glasgow


I won't be boycotting Scottish goods, that could affect the Scottish people. I am upset that the judge let the bomber go home, I am sure he got good treatment in the hospital in Scotland. But boycott, no.
Diana, Coconut Creek, USA

There will not be any real support for such a boycott. This is just another stupid reaction by my fellow citizens. It is really time for me to emmigrate elsewhere!
David, Chicago, USA

I'm an American, and I have mixed feelings about the Megrahi decision, but as to a Scottish boycott my thoughts are clear: it is positively daft. I have a hard time understanding how not purchasing whiskey or closing a bank account is going to send a message to Holyrood's Justice Minister. The US should look to resolving its own prisoner issues at Guantanamo before we worry about casting any stones at Scotland.
Mark, Boston, MA

If the pain of this tragedy is so great that someone feels the need to lash out at anyone, then lash out at the Libyans who welcomed the perpetrator home as a hero.
Thomas, Cincinnati, USA

I lost a school friend in the Lockerbie disaster. This man's release has left me feeling angry and hurt. I will not however be taking part in any boycott of Scottish products. This action would only affect the average Scot. It would have little effect on the politician fools that let him go as they will, no doubt, still get paid.
Roger, Derbyshire

Can I make a little point here? Being Scottish, I was outraged, like pretty much every person I know, at the "Justice" Secretary's decision to free Megrahi. It's understandable that people are outraged, but why take it out on the Scottish population by boycotting our products? We didn't make this decision?
Ginnie, Kinross, Scotland

I think most people are bright enough to realise not everyone in Scotland is in agreement with the release. I am sure that even the most hardline will understand that Bells, Johnny Walker and even the Moffat Woollen Mill, were left out of the decision making process. As such, pouring whisky "down the gutter", or burning shortbread will only result in them being out a few quid and having an empty bottle and a singed biscuit. Also to be honest, after reading numerous comments on various forums; anyone that posts comments like: "I am ashamed of my 15% Scottish blood" or "We should blow up one of their flights", I can live without bumping into in the pub anyway...
John, Edinburgh, Scotland

Americans can start by boycotting all the Scottish regiments in Iraq and Afghanistan by sending them home and then they can boycott the extradition of Gary MacKinnon to the US on shaky charges.
Paul, Edinburgh

The US should feel free to boycott all Scottish goods and holidays as they see fit. If people boycotted the US on all their controversial decisions.... I rest my case. What about compassion for the victims of the Iranian Airlines attack from the USS Vincennes?
Ally, Thurso, Scotland

I really hope that the American people have the sense to realise that regardless of the tripe coming out of the mouths of politicians in Edinburgh and London, most of the people in the country have a deep disquiet about the decision to let this convicted mass murderer out of gaol.
Sid, Doncaster, UK

The last boycott of this sort was that of French products, back in the Freedom Fries days. That got me into a French wine boutique. Before 2003, I had never even drunk a bottle of French wine.
Max, Frankfurt, Germany

If they want to go the full hog. Why don't they stop speaking English as well. After all that's import as well. America, GET A GRIP.
Philip, Ipswich, UK

I'll be boycotting McDonalds - they sound Scottish.

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