EVERY time I post National-related things on my personal social media these days, I seem to send the hardcore Unionist accounts into a total frenzy.

It happened last week. I posted a pretty basic thread reflecting on my year in the editor’s chair here at The National, and discussing how hard our team works to publish a wide array of multimedia content. It really wasn’t controversial.

But, next thing I know, I’m bombarded with messages about what a disgrace to journalism I am, how Anglophobic our “rag/comic” is – some suggested my parents should disown me and I should be jailed for treason. Charming.

I’m used to getting hate sent my way. It obviously comes with the territory when you’re leading Scotland’s only pro-independence daily newspaper team. I knew what I was signing up for, and I honestly just brush it off.

The National: Laura Webster on a panel at the Break Up of Britain conferenceLaura Webster on a panel at the Break Up of Britain conference (Image: Daniel Milligan)

What I find funny is how feral these staunch Union flag accounts on social media get when I say the least offensive things. “As stressful as working in news can be, I love my role,” were the words that sparked literally hundreds of furious replies.

When I pointed out that this reaction hardly reads as our harshest critics being unbothered by us, I only added more fuel to the fire. No no, we’re definitely not upset at all, they wrote – taking even more time out of their day to stress just how little they care …

Of course The National is a threat. We’re the only ones doing what we do. And we’re completely resolute in the face of the abusive messages that get sent our way on a daily basis. You can’t scare us out of putting the pro-independence, progressive perspective at the forefront of everything we do.

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Those who want to shut us down – who write to our bosses with nonsense claims we’ve all heard before, demanding we fold – are spending their time calling for that because we ARE a threat. We ARE visible. We have more digital subscribers than many long-established Scottish media brands, our social media posts are seen more than the other titles in our space, our videos engaging younger audiences.

So here’s the question: If The National isn’t a threat to the status-quo, why do you spend SO much of your time talking about us?

I’m so proud of our team, delivering brilliant agenda-setting exclusives, engaging multimedia content and smart social media posts. Our varied and diverse columnists offer a range of perspectives. I’ve loved my year as editor so far, but we’ve lots more coming in a major General Election year and we always want to improve. My inbox is always open to hear your views, whether they’re positive or negative. We have to keep evolving.

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