A local councillor has been left disgusted after spotting, what appears to be, a Boris Johnson cut-out hanging from a building in Edinburgh.
Sharing a chilling photo of the scene, located on Leith Walk next to a mural that reads “no place for hate in Leith”, Councillor Iain Whyte described the sight as “vile”.
Taking to social media today, the Conservative councillor for Inverleith said: “Apparently no place for hate in Leith. Except when it’s directed at. Same part of Leith Walk.
“I think this may even be on Council property above shops. This vile abuse against democratically elected politicians must stop.”
He’s called for Edinburgh Council to remove the cut-out and is urging other politicians to stand with him in condemning it.
One person described the scene as “dreadful”, while another added: “This is truly disgusting”.
The “no place for hate” flower wall had previously been left after Creative Electric founder Heather Marshall saw racist and xenophobic graffiti on the busy road.
It comes after chilling graffiti targeted at Home Secretary Priti Patel was daubed on the walls of a capital bank.
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The disturbing scrawl scribbled on the walls of the old TSB bank on Portobello High Street shows a tombstone emblazoned with the words ‘RIP Priti Patel 2021’.
Councillor Whyte commented: “All of the stuff that goes on, particularly on the left of politics, particularly Conservative opponents, about political violence, about respect, about anti-racism, anything that’s offensive, that you then see this kind of thing which is effectively a death threat.
“It has no place in Scottish or British politics and I hope your newspaper highlighting it will mean that people think twice in future and it won’t happen again.”