Five weeks ago the founder of Barrhead Travel, Bill Munro, sent employees an email in which he gave his views on Scottish independence. Neutral does not in any way describe Munro’s views: he is very strongly against independence and, beyond this, some of his points were totally wrong. But this is not the focus of this post.
The response to Mr Munro has been furious, for example, see here. I have no problem with anyone who criticises Munro but, unfortunately, comments made go beyond criticism. Some have said they’ll never use his company again; that his company is finished and will go into liquidation.
This is wrong!!
Hurting the company will hurt the 800 employees. Do they deserve to lose their jobs because their founder is an ardent unionist who has grossly over-egged the unionist case? No!!
We should be better than this.
We need to be better than this.
As a nation we should be better than this.
Where is the tolerance we claim to have?
When we gain our independence we will want companies like Barrhead Travel to be successful so that they pay tax and their employees pay tax. By all means, campaign with the utmost vigour and expose every lie or buff or error but never, ever, resort to threats.
We are better than this!