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Complainant Name:
Mr Douglas Thomson

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Scottish Daily Mail


Mr Douglas Thomson complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an article which he considered to have been inaccurate and misleading in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The article reported that supermarket bosses had warned families that they could face a "crippling rise in weekly food bills if Scotland" voted to leave the United Kingdom. The complainant said it was not the case, however, that supermarket bosses had claim that price rises would be "inevitable".


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification:

An article on 9 December said that supermarket prices would rise in an independent Scotland. While this was the confident prediction of chief executives of supermarkets we approached, we have been asked to clarify that price increases would not be "inevitable".

Date Published: 28/02/2014

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