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Police are investigating allegations that a Scottish Labour candidate was subjected to sectarian abuse by a text message sent by a PR adviser and lobbyist. The messages – repeating a line from the Famine song which was recently ruled by Scottish law lords to be racist because pillories people of Irish descent whose ancestors came to Britain to escape the potato famine which began in 1845 – were allegedly sent from a mobile telephone number belonging to a Scottish PR-cum-lobbyist.
Two weeks ago a Catholic Labour candidate received a message that allegedly read: “The famine is over. Why don’t you go home? FTP.” FTP is commonly used as an abbreviation for the sectarian phrase F*** The Pope. It is alleged that when the Lab candidate texted the sender to check whether the message was intended for him, he received the reply: “Yes, because you are one of them.” This Labour candidate was campaigning against a proposed major housing development in Dunfermline which the PR firm is lobbying for. In a statement the director of the PR outfit (who’s phone was allegedly used to send the message) said: “This is a private matter that relates to me in a personal capacity only. It in no way relates to any commercial relationships that I have.” (Thanks to Times Online for original report)