Ian Selbie must be directing some of his ire towards me as I am one of the admin/content writers for Yes Shetland on Facebook.
I, and the rest of the team, are all literate and educated to a level where we have abilities in literacy, grammar, spelling and correct punctuation use which allows us to campaign for independence.
We, and none of our followers, are trolls and we do not tolerate them, or any form of online abuse nor bad language on our page. This applies equally to “yes”, “no” and undecided voters.
Open debate is welcomed and no-one has been banned for putting forwards viewpoints from either side. A few people have been removed for bad language and using false identities.
It should also reassure Mr Selbie that we posted a link to Shetland’s Better Together page on our own one in order to stimulate debate between both sides. This luxury was not reciprocated as I, and several other “yes” supporters have been banned from the page for debating. This is a national policy since the page is controlled from south and bans from the main page are also common.
In order to lighten what is a rather heavy subject, our page has a feline mascot, “Buster- Shetland’s Cat Rampant”, which encouraged a Better Together supporter to post a photo of “Odin – The Naw Cat”.
We are scrupulously fair and published pictures of both on the “yes” page.
Until Mr Selbie has the ability to remove the SNP and Salmond from the debate, I fear he is completely missing the point of the referendum.
In a word. Democracy.