No campaign leader Alistair Darling has claimed nationalists who direct online abuse at business figures who criticise Alex Salmond’s plans to break up the UK “shame Scotland”.
Mr Darling hit out at so-called “Cybernats” yesterday after nationalists took to social media to urge a boycott of Barrhead Travel. He made his comments on a visit to White House Products, a small engineering firm in Port Glasgow which is making contingency plans to leave Scotland after a Yes vote.
He said: “The message from this company – and the many others – is clear. If we leave the UK, we lose the pound. If we lose the pound, we lose jobs.”
Bill Munro, the travel firm’s founder, sent a memo to staff telling them independence would be a “complete disaster”. The memo found its way on to the internet, causing independence supporters to call for the firm to be boycotted.
An SNP spokesman said: “Denigration of people has absolutely no part to play, it doesn’t matter whether those doing it support Yes or No.”