The Conservatives have defended the move saying it shows a “visual connection” between UK funding and specific schemes in Scotland. But SNP MPs, who are desperate to rip Scotland from the UK, mocked the plans. MP Pete Wishart said on Twitter: “This is how desperate the case for the Union has become.
“Putting flags on stuff in the hope that we’ll come to love them.
“You can almost imagine them sitting up all night thinking up this one.
“This ‘slap a jack in it’ will backfire spectacularly.”
The SNP’s deputy leader Keith Brown joked: “It seems a bit like entrusting the future of the Union to Baldrick.
“Though not even he would have taken five years to enact such a cunning plan.
“While the Tories wave flags, Scotland will get on with the business of waving goodbye to Westminster rule.”
Another SNP MP, Tommy Sheppard, branded the Tories’ scheme as “foolish”.
He said: “It would probably be counterproductive.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
“This is because there is no point trying to force the Union Flag down people’s throats in the hope that they would like it.
“If the Union is so great, they should not need constantly to use the flag to promote it.”
The Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer added: “It is also a strategy they announced five years ago.
“What a roaringly successful five it’s been for Unionism.”
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Scottish independence sentiment
The scheme has been supported by the new Scottish Conservative leader, Douglas Ross.
He said Scottish Tories should be “unashamed of our investment in Scotland”.
Many Conservative members of cabinet have recently crossed the border to Scotland in order to bolster the union and prepare for a unified nation going forward, post-Brexit.
Mr Johnson, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Business Secretary Alok Sharma, the Scotland Office’s Alister Jack and Iain Stewart, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove and Home Secretary Priti Patel have all visited Scotland within the last three weeks.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also announced he will take a “brief staycation” in Scotland later this month.