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Revered Scottish icon Sir Sean Connery* has been fingered by PA for engaging in 'spam a friend' tactics. And we've absolutely no idea why we found this one in Australia, but there you go.

Sean, a long-standing and prominent supporter of the Scottish National Party, has been using his not for profit web site, seanconnery.com, to solicit donations for the cause, and regrettably committs the cardinal faux pas of asking donors to pass him email addresses of potentially like-minded friends. Says the donor form:

"Above all, right now we need to get the SNP's message to as many people as possible who might also want to give their support. And you almost certainly know some of them! So most importantly, please think of at least one and as many friends as you can who might also like to hear from me. I'll send each a personal email message, saying how grateful I am to you for your help, and inviting them to help in turn in any way they can."

Tut. Not, of course, that spam-a-friend techniques are at all unusual when it comes to political parties. We're sure Sean will reform as soon as the error of his ways is pointed out to him. And we hope, also, that the SNP press office submits itself to a short period of re-education as well. The PA report quotes a spokesman as saying: "Sean Connery is a famous supporter of the SNP and it is no surprise that he's looking to encourage people to back independence." Oh dear oh dear. ®

* In the pantheon he ranks alongside heroic figures such as Winnie Ewing and Mel Gibson.

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