Do Not Feed The Trolls

Letter To The National, 21/09/15

Dear Sir,

I read Keith Howell’s letter in Mondays National where he said that while there appeared to be a “positive and hopeful spirit amongst your readership”, that as a No voter no-one was making any attempt to change his mind. Mr Howells prodigious letter writing has not gone unnoticed . He regularly points out his perceived evils of Scottish nationalism to newspapers across Scotland and the globe: he took out a full page advert in the Metro newspaper last year against Scottish independence, he runs a hardline unionist website, yet describes himself as a “moderate provocateur”. I feel that I would not be wrong in saying that rocks would melt under the sun before he found a positive case for Scottish nationalism, and that The National would in future be better using the room wasted on his words, which are at all times against the very cause which brought this paper into being, to continue to print the positive case Mr Howell claims he seeks. Mr Howells actions in writing to the National are the same as those people who seek out online pro-independence discussions to disrupt them, in modern parlance ‘trolling’. The National should remember the number one rule in this sphere: do not feed the trolls.


James Cassidy



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