WE never tire of English PR people sending us stories about the NHS, the law and education in England, none of which have anything to do with Scotland.

They also appear to be blissfully ignorant of Scottish history, culture and geography, especially the latter. As it happened, yesterday we got a missive from the Vegan Society entitled: Glasgow borough caters for vegan children in all its schools.

It sort of went a bit strange then because the "borough" being referred to was West Dunbartonshire where the council has introduced vegan meals on the menu for all its nursery, primary and secondary schools as a result of a five-year-old vegan girl transferring from nursery to primary school.

Now as anyone from West Dunbartonshire will tell you, it’s a good few miles down the River Clyde from Glasgow, and has never been a "borough" of Glasgow in its existence - and the Scots word is burgh, of course.

The five-year-old in question goes to school in Clydebank. It’s one of the worst insults you can level at a Bankie to say he or she is a Weegie.

We can’t even blame the usual M25 blindness that afflicts London meejah types because the Vegan Society is based in Birmingham.

The Society said they checked with a Scottish person on the content, but have apologised and admitted they should have checked the facts themselves.

The release continued: “The food standards for schools in ENGLAND [our emphasis] state that all children should be encouraged to have a meat-free day each week by eating a meal containing alternatives like beans, chickpeas, lentils, soya mince, tofu or vegan meat alternatives such as Quorn.”

Scotland has its own food standards for schools, don’t you know, and they were updated last year so we’ll trust our own Scottish experts on that, thank you.

The Vegan Society has recently registered as a charity in Scotland due to its work here, and just to show we don’t hold any chippy grudges, we’re happy to quote Dr Jeanette Rowley, The Vegan Society’s legal advisor, who said: “All children, regardless of their ethical convictions, should be able to benefit from government-funded schemes; we applaud the school and council for recognising this.

“Veganism is protected under human rights and equality law, which means if a child is eligible for a free school meal, the duty is not to discriminate by providing a vegan option.”

And that, dear readers, is the meat of the story.