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Ian Stewart
Lanarkshire

As someone who had two Great-Grandfathers who were Trade Union activists, I should, in theory, be a ‘natural’ Labour supporter….

Ian Stewart
Lanarkshire

As someone who had two Great-Grandfathers who were Trade Union activists, I should, in theory, be a ‘natural’ Labour supporter and, in truth, I faithfully voted Labour for 30 years until the death of John Smith in 1994.  However, I find it difficult to reconcile my socialist beliefs with what the party, under the banner of Nu-Labour has become.

It is apparent, from reading the comments here and on various other sites, that many people of a nationalist tendency are unable to comprehend just why there is such a degree of support, especially in the West of Scotland, for the Labour party at election after election. For what it’s worth, I’m a born and bred Glaswegian now living in Lanarkshire.

Regrettably, many of these comments descend to levels of abuse where terms such as ‘thickos’, ‘numpties’ and ‘idiots’ flow thick and fast. Lnguage such as this can only reinforce the accusations made about ‘cynernats’ (which appears now also to have degenerated to a term of abuse) and does little to inform those whom we would convert.

It won’t be easy to convince people, something worthwhile rarely is.  But logic, flavoured perhaps by a touch of humour, is more likely to do so than abuse which is only likely to antagonise those whom we wish to ‘bring into the fold’.

Most of us, at least those reading here, are aware of the perceived bias of both the ‘Scottish’ press and the TV broadcasters, why else would we be complaining here ? So what’s the solution ? I suggest that we reclaim the ‘CyberNat’ name and wear it as a badge of pride and honour.

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of blogs and WebPages on the Internet promoting the SNP and Independence. The problem is that there is little or no cohesion between them and it is often the case that one stumbles into them by accident.

I suggest the formation of a ‘CyberNat Circle’, where blogs and WebPages carry links to other sites which are politically aligned and which have content of an informative nature as to why a reader should consider voting for a political party and not simply because, ‘I’ve always voted that way’ or ‘that’s how working class folk vote’.

Criticism of our opponents, when made, should always be true, factual and non-inflammatory, otherwise we risk descending to the levels to which our opponents appear willing to sink. I personally now have half-a-dozen pages of a political nature on my website and it would be a fairly simple job to create links to other sites.

Any interest or comments ?