FURIOUS viewers have flooded the BBC with complaints after cockney film star Ray Winstone branded Scots TRAMPS.
The comments were part of a section on Scottish independence and sparked around 100 complaints to the BBC/Ofcom whingeing about supposed racism.
Guest presenter Winstone quipped:
To be fair the Scottish economy has its strengths --- its chief exports being oil, whisky, tartan and tramps.
He then went on to ask the audience if we should just tell the Scots to bugger off .
Dozens stood up and cheered in agreement.
Team captain Ian Hislop also joined in the fun suggesting that Mars bars could be the new currency north of the border.
The BBC's Response
We've received complaints from some viewers who were unhappy with comments made about Scotland during Have I Got News For You on Friday 26th April.
Have I Got News For You is a topical and satirical entertainment panel show and as such contains jokes and provocative comment rather than genuine political reporting or debate. The guest host's material, including the questions and extra jokes
he has written, do not reflect the opinions of the BBC, they are jokes concerning the major news stories of the week which are intended to be enjoyed by as great a proportion of the audience as possible. The programme has dealt with many subjects
over the last 20 years and we don't believe the way the subject of Scotland was handled in this edition would have gone against audience expectations for the show.
Ukip have reported Have I Got News For You to police over a comment made about Nigel Farage. However commentators have noted that the disputed comments about Farage came after 13 minutes of mocking the Tories, Labour, Lib Dem and SNP
The complaint arose from last Friday's edition when journalist Camilla Long spoke about visiting Farage's constituency of South Thanet in Kent. She said:
I went there more than Nigel Farage. By the time I arrived there he'd only been a few times.
When asked by Ian Hislop whether she thought Ukip would win the seat, Long replied:
I don't think they are, I don't think he's going to get a seat at all.
Speaking to Nick Ferrari on LBC, Farage said:
Even through to a programme on Have I Got News For You last week where comments were made about an individual in a constituency, namely me, that I just don't think would have been said about any other candidate in the country.'
According to ITV Nnews, Ukip's advisors claimed the comments were inaccurate and that their broadcast breached the Representation of the People Act.
Kent Police confirmed they received a complaint, but said they would not be launching an investigation. A spokesman told Chortle:
Kent Police received a complaint regarding comments made on a television broadcast last week. It was suggested that the comments breached the Representation of the People Act. The matter has been reviewed by officers but there's no evidence of
any offences and there will be no further action.