The SNP have been accused of making English people feel uncomfortable with “aggressive” messaging that “Scotland isn’t England”.
A nationalist MP sparked an online row earlier this week after posting a graphic to his Twitter account which read: “No mask, no Scotland.
“If you’re visiting us this summer, wear a mask. Scotland isn’t England. Our laws are different.”
Douglas Chapman, who represents Dunfermline and West Fife, shared the image with the caption “Thank you for your co-operation. #LoveU”.
The post follows increasing concern from devolved administrations that much of the UK media has an “England-centric” understanding of “Freedom Day”, despite restrictions still being in place in all other home nations.
Thank you for your co-operation #LoveU pic.twitter.com/Tgld9nyaQ0
— Douglas Chapman MP 🏴 (@DougChapmanSNP) July 18, 2021
In Scotland, masks must still be worn on public transport and in shops, as well as in pubs and restaurants when not seated – with Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister, warning the rules will “in all likelihood” remain in place for some time.
The graphic shared by Mr Chapman contained the website address of the Scottish Government at the bottom.
However, a spokeswoman for the Scottish Government confirmed it is not an official graphic and has instead been mocked up online.
Responding to the post, Scottish Tory MSP Stephen Kerr accused the SNP of being “determined to make English people feel uncomfortable in Scotland”.
He added: “I understand the importance of spreading the message about Covid restrictions in Scotland – but surely we can do that without combative, aggressive messages like ‘Scotland isn’t England’.”
However, Mr Chapman replied: “Stephen, I don’t think asking for a bit of co-operation and consideration is too much to ask?
“You maybe missed the #LoveU bit too?”
It comes after Nicola Sturgeon was on Tuesday forced to confirm her ministers will “reflect” on the credibility of graphics shared by SNP ministers on social media after her deputy was accused of “punting fake news” about face masks.