Comment: Police right to act against the web bigots

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Tragedy often brings out the best in people, but it can also highlight some of the worst. The reaction on social media to the terrible events at the Clutha Vaults bar in Glasgow on Friday night has starkly shown both.

People took to networking sites such as Twitter to offer to take stricken strangers under their roof, to feed emergency workers and generally give any help they could.

But others only saw an excuse to spout bile and a 16-year-old was even arrested for allegedly making sectarian and racist comments 
online.

There is a difference between people cracking supposed jokes about the tragedy – that is poor taste in the extreme – and those using it as an excuse to spread hate.

The police are right to act against the latter. Bigots should not feel free to use the apparent anonymity of the web to spread their poison.

Season’s bleatings

Edinburgh is already counting the cost of Christmas.

Since the Evening News first raised the issue of the price of the new city centre attractions, hundreds of readers have been telling us how it’s just too expensive, especially for families.

There is no doubt that some of the new features this year are impressive and it is no surprise they do not come cheap. There may also be no shortage of people willing to stump up for a £6 
burger.

But let’s remember this is not meant to be a purely money-making exercise. It is a city council-controlled event for the whole city to enjoy, not just tourists with money to burn.

Some senior city figures may have dismissed our original story as spurious. A quick look at the Santa sackful of comments we are continuing to receive suggests it was anything but.