Twitter Statistics

As we all know, Twitter is my poison of choice. But how many Scots are on Twitter? How many women and men? How many times did they mention #indyref? What have we brought to the World?

Well wonder no more.

Scotland sends 2.1 billion tweets – or 65 tweets a second per year.

In the UK there are about 24 million Twitter User.  48.2% of Scotland’s users use Twitter. 40% of users don’t actually tweet, instead using Twitter as a news feed (come on people!)

Total Population of Scotland is 5.295 million[1]. Total number of Twitter accounts mean that 2.541million are on twitter but only 40% are active tweeters.  So the number of Tweeters are 1.016.

That means that the percentage of people in Scotland that use Twitter is 19.187% (rounded up = 20%)

Men sent 56% of Scottish tweets between June 2014 and June 2015.

Average Age of Tweeters is between 25-34[2].

The hashtag #indyref has been tweeted OVER 6,473,089 times (beating how many times Scots have tweeted #OneDirection) (#bettertogether was tweeted 55,778 by comparison)

We have also introduced the World to phrases such as ‘Yer Da’ and ‘Yer Maw’ (it’s a proud moment for us all as a Nation)

During indyref debate you can see the Twitter pattern (to work out locations) across Scotland from those debating indyref hashtags[3].

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[1] 5,295,000 (first results of 2011 Census) http://www.gov.scot/Topics/People/Equality/Equalities/PopulationMigration

[2] http://blog.webershandwick.scot/think/twitter-scotland/

[3] http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-08/27/twitter-debate

 

 

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Ombudsman

Just found out today that The Ombudsman has upheld my complaint against NHS Ayrshire and Arran. Finally I feel like there’s a possibility of being heard regarding the need to improve staff training and attitudes regarding complex medical problems. Soon as I have more info I’ll keep you posted.

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Abuse

Last week I was curious about the abuse that yes campaigner / pro-indy people received in our free and democratic country.  So I asked the Twitterworld to DM me or @ me their stories so that we could openly look at it head on.

Nothing could prepare me for the volume (50+ stories within a few hours) or the nature of some of the stories ranging from vehicle damage to physical assaults.

MSM media never covers these stories because they disrupt the narrative of evil cybernats. But these stories are not from the internet – they are from the real world.

Whilst attending a Gaelic band gig in the Highlands, a gentleman suffering from spondylitis was wearing a Yes T-shirt. He was lured into a situation by younger men claiming to all be Yes supporters. Once they had him they assaulted him by punching him from behind.

 “I wore my Yes t-shirt and was enjoying myself in the crowd when two lads tapped on my shoulder. They said “hey are you yes?” to which I replied that I was. They replied “Good, we are too”.  I shook their hands and we had a smile between us all. They had had a few drinks and were much younger than me so I was chuffed they reached out. I turned around and less than 30 seconds later I felt a punch in the middle of my back. A third guy was standing there with his girlfriend and he shouted at me aggressively “I’m voting NO”. I just replied “Good for you in a dismissive tone but waited the rest of the evening for the rest of the attack. It never materialised but my wife was very upset as I have ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis in my spine)”

This was not the only physical assault merely an example of ten I received within hours of making the request.

“I took a punch from 2 unionist thugs” – became common in my DM box. Independence Supporter being physically assaulted outside and, in one case, at someone’s own house.

In another story “A son & a friend were told to leave Edinburgh Castle esplanade for having a Yes Saltire as it was “political”

Even in public locations a Saltire was viewed as being inappropriate…in Scotland, it’s point of origin.

A lot of the stories involved serious damage to vehicles from slashed tyres to really grim (downright disgusting)-

“My car was smeared with dog s**te”

However some car incidents were far more sinister and potentially dangerous to life.

“I had a couple of yobs draw up beside my car at lights and slam their driver’s side door into my passenger door a couple of times shouting ‘Nazi’s’ before they drove off. Quite scary at the time”

And what’s worse most of the stories were not from the past. Most were from more recent events for people supporting independence parties;

“wife’s motor was scratched outside the SNP hub in Bathgate”

“wiper and wing mirror smashed and sides and bonnet keyed”

People’s houses also had bricks and rocks thrown at their homes.

“Was in the sitting room and the next thing a big thud. A stone cracked the window”

Although cars were the heaviest causalities – slashed tyres, dented bonnets, ripped off number plates, smashed windows, broken window screen wipers and key slashes – they are swiftly followed by physical assaults and vandalism to properties.

The victims of these crimes responded to different degrees. Some responded by removing their pro-indy materials or party stickers to save themselves from future abuse . Other people decided to put even more stickers or posters up and became even more resolute in their opinions.

I was the former.  In my street my bin was set on fire and pushed over my front door so I took everything down to avoid more abuse however it did solidify my vote which would be forever pro-indy.

People have seen their banners and placards go missing and some people have suffered abuse and damage to properties over long periods of times (particular with vehicle sabotage) running into months.

I asked a few people; If you had known what would happen – would you do it again? And most of them said something akin to “Hell Yeah!” which was good to hear but it should not be like this – people having to risk their wellbeing.

Another consistency was that the Police did not seem to do much about it (I asked people who had been the victims of the most serious crimes). Few people reported the abuse as crimes, but the ones that did felt that nothing was really done.

People should be able to express their views in a democratic country without fear from or actual physical assault and damage to properties. It is one thing to have abuse over Twitter, a completely different story to have it at your front door.

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I don’t understand

I don’t understand why the Council won’t help me. For Short Assured Tenancy’s (which I have & an AT5) the procedure is a Section 33. This is outlined on Shelter’s website and, indeed, across all sites that deal with homeless. However North Ayrshire Council refuses to accept my Section 33.

 

Policy is clear as setup in Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 as amended

 

“The duties include a statutory responsibility to anyone threatened with or experiencing homelessness. By law, local authorities must offer a minimum of temporary accommodation, advice and assistance to all homeless households and those at risk of homelessness.”

 

Due to illness I am categorised as being c) a person who is vulnerable as a result of (v) (vi)

 

1

Amendment of section 25 of the 1987 Act

(2)

In subsection (1)—

(a) for paragraph (c) substitute—

“(c) a person who is vulnerable as a result of—

(i)

old age;

(ii) mental illness;

(iii) personality disorder;

(iv) learning disability;

(v) physical disability;

(vi) chronic ill health;

(vii) having suffered a miscarriage or undergone an abortion;

(viii) having been discharged from a hospital, a prison or any part of the

regular armed forces of the Crown; or

(ix) other special reason;”,

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