A new book claiming that Saddam Hussein was a massive devotee of the Scottish delicacy, haggis, has provoked outrage in the English colony.
A spokesman from the Kirkentilloch Kilt Society claimed that the contents of the book constituted a concerted attack on Scottishness by alleging that one of the world's most notorious despots had a taste for a traditional Scottish delicacy, thus inextricably linking the two in the common consciousness.
The book's author, Ali Bullo, a Turkish kebab shop proprietor based in southern England, denied that he had attempted to denigrate the Scottish nation, explaining that he had merely written a book about food and happened to mention in passing that Saddam Hussein was a big fan of haggis.
Our own research revealed that Saddam Hussein did indeed frequently eat haggis for supper, and that the Ba'athist regime still had an active account with McKendry Haggis Products of Cowdenbeath.
The Kirkentilloch Kilt Society vigorously contested our findings and challenged us to a game of crazy golf - winner takes all.
More as we get it.