11/11/2016 11:52 GMT

Kelvin MacKenzie Says We Should Rebuild Hadrian's Wall, Twitter Points Out His Scottish Name

Kelvin MacKenzie may not quite have thought about the origin of his name.

Kelvin MacKenzie has been mocked for failing to see the irony in suggesting Britain should rebuild Hadrian’s Wall.

In a move perhaps inspired by Donald Trump’s vows to build a wall on the US-Mexican border, the columnist wrote in the Sun: “Perhaps we might think of rebuilding Hadrian’s Wall — and getting the Scots to pay for it.

“Mind you, I wouldn’t take an IOU. Would you?”

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Kelvin Mackenzie failed to see the irony in his comments about rebuilding Hadrian’s Wall

He also claimed that Trump’s election gives Britons “the ammo to tell France and Germany to get lost”.

MacKenzie’s Scottish comments prompted some to point out that perhaps, somewhere along the line, the journalist may himself have some Scottish heritage, given his surname... 

According to the Surname Database, MacKenzie is a “distinguished Scottish name”, which is “derived from Gaelic “MacCoinnich” or the son of Coinneach”.

The Sun columnist was, however, born in England.

Others also had their own ideas for wall-building in response to Mackenzie’s column... 

This is not the first Time MacKenzie has made controversial comments about the Scots.

In 2015, according to the Daily Record, he dubbed the country “Jockestan” and suggested that Scottish people living in England should be loaded onto boats and shipped to Edinburgh.