Bullying culture of Yes campaign must stop

Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael MP has said that the bullying culture of the Yes camp must stop. 

Speaking on the campaign trail in Orkney, Secretary of State for Scotland, Alistair Carmichael said: "As usual Alex Salmond is trying to distract attention from the real news with rows about process. "When independent supermarkets, banks and Scottish employers point out the costs to consumers of independence he tries to pretend that it's bullying.

"But the truth of this campaign is that the culture of bullying flourishes on his side of the debate.

"In any campaign people from both sides may overstep the mark.

"But in the SNP-Yes campaign intimidation is the tactic of choice.

"Over recent days those who have campaigned to protect our UK family of nations have faced heavy, ugly scenes. Shouted down in the streets, backed into shops, requiring police escorts.

"The leers and jeers of the Nationalist camp are designed to shut down debate and drown out the facts. "And this culture has been allowed to flourish by the SNP and it's Leader.

"Years of cybernats, intolerant of anyone who disagrees with them, trolling innocent people, attacking others like JK Rowling, Susan Boyle and others who say positive things about our United Kingdom.

"SNP Ministers warning businesspeople in private to stay out of the debate, then attacking them in public when they speak out.

"And we now have the extraordinary threat from the former Deputy Leader of the SNP that pro-UK businesses will face a 'day of reckoning' if there is a Yes vote.

"This is the real culture of bullying that exists today. It is in the SNP script to say that this is an extraordinary and invigorating debate. But for those on the receiving end of their attacks it is intimidating and divisive.

"We are into the last week of this campaign now. Alex Salmond should show respect to Scotland, address bullying where it really exists and call off his dogs." 

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