Scottish independence: Lego dropped from Treasury 'Buzzfeed'

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Image caption The list initially used Lego figures to illustrate ways people could spend their money

Toy maker Lego has forced the UK government to stop using its characters to illustrate a campaign against Scottish independence.

The Treasury has removed a series of images of Lego from a "Buzzfeed style" item on its website.

Lego asked not to be associated with the campaign because it is "politically neutral", while the SNP described the list as "patronising".

A government source had said it was a "good humorous way of making a point".

The list suggests 12 ways in which Scots could spend the £1,400 which the Treasury says they benefit from as UK citizens.

Among the suggestions is: "Watch Aberdeen play all season with two mates - with a few pies and Bovrils thrown in for good measure."

The site also suggests: "Share a meal of fish and chips with your family every day for around 10 weeks, with a couple of portions of mushy peas thrown in."

The document originally appeared on a Community page of the Buzzfeed website, created by a UK government account.

SNP Treasury spokesman Stewart Hosie said the list was based on "bogus figures" and said the UK government's estimates on the start-up costs of independence had already been discredited.

In a statement, Lego said it would not have given permission for any of its images to be used.

A spokeswoman for the toy manufacturer said: "We are a children's toy company and therefore all of our communication is targeted towards children.

"People all over the world use Lego to depict stories and scenarios - some of it not to our knowledge. We maintain our position of being a politically neutral company."

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