If there was one way to cheekily spark a new Cold War with some jovial Bonfire night celebrations, then the people of Lewes have probably done it.
After they were instructed by police to leave Alex Salmond alone, the East Sussex town instead opted to set the Russian President ablaze - and they didn't do it by any half-measures.
The ex-KGB agent and black-belt judo maestro was pictured resplendent sat on top of a tank in a green mankini and, in an even more jaw-drooping display, astride the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.
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It was thought the effigies of Scotland's First Minister would be burnt after being paraded through a town's streets as part of its annual bonfire celebrations.
So, there there's two effigy's of Salmond at Lewes bonfire night. Here's the other one, front & rear. pic.twitter.com/UA9u8RLYIB— Marty_Mc (@Marty_Mc) November 5, 2014
But it didn't go down very well with the 45% and now the models have been branded "racial hatred" by horrified Scottish nationalists.
Many were quick to highlight the arguable lack of double-standards in outrage between the Putin and Salmond effigies:
Complaints from Scot Nats stopped Salmond effigy burning show; but didn't hear them complain about Blair, popes or Gypsies going up in smoke— Joel Taylor (@JoelTaylorMetro) November 6, 2014
@DavidCoburnUKip So ok to burn Putin and Barrosso but not Salmond ? it's a bit of fun - surely police have more important crimes 2 deal with— Mikkil (@MikkiL) November 6, 2014
If you are offended enough about a bonfire effigy of Salmond to call the Police, call your doctor first.— Old Holborn (@Holbornlolz) November 6, 2014
Love the idea that its *racist* to burn Salmond but not Obama, Merkle, Cameron, Klegg, Putin etc etc etc #LewesBonfire— Rolo Tamasi (@Rolo_Tamasi) November 5, 2014
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