The giant brewer SAB Miller, paid for a report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research which rejected the case for the SNP's move to have minimum pricing on alcohol introduced to Scotland. It was this report which was used by the Labour party as the main objection to the SNP's proposal.
The brewer has sent crates of its Peroni Lager to Labour shadow health secretary Jackie Baillie, Labour's justice spokesman Richard Baker and Tories Mary Scanlon and Murdo Fraser, who shared the health brief.
The Labour MSPs moved quickly to give the booze away by donating it to Whitefoord House, a home for ex-servicemen across the street from the Scottish Parliament.
"At Christmas it is particularly important that we remember our veterans and serving men and women wherever they are," said Jackie Ballie.
North-East Scotland MSP Richard Baker said, "Much as I enjoy the occasional tipple these guys deserve it much more than me. I hope that they have a happy Christmas and a good New Year."
The Tories have yet to get rid of their 'reward' cases although Murdo Fraser said he'd been in touch with a soldiers' charity and asked if they would accept it.
They should never have accepted the beer in the first place. It should have been returned and the brewer asked to contribute to a charity of the MSPs' choice. If these MSPs really feel so charitable towards our veterans why didn't they quietly make a financial contribution towards one of the associations? There are plenty around these days.
There's nothing honourable about donating ill-gotten gains to charity in an effort to clear consciences.