The propensity, and apparent increase in that propensity, of a large number of people throughout the political spectrum to regard anyone who has a different political perspective with total contempt is probably the most worrying development of our generation.
Incidentally, that is the reason why, although I still think that leaving the European Union will do more harm than good, I also believe that failing to respect the decision to leave taken by the people in the referendum on 23rd June would be an outright catastrophe. A breach of faith of such magnitude would enormously increase the degree of distrust and anger towards people of different views, and inject such a dose of poison and suspicion into British politics that the functioning of democracy in this country would be crippled.
But although the extent of contempt for anyone with different views is more widespread than I like in all the British political parties, it is within a significant chunk of Scottish Nationalist supporters that it most worries me.
Stephen Daisley, who was digital politics and comment editor at STV until he left the company last month following a campaign against him by SNP politicians, has written an article today which you can find here about the way the authoritarian tendency within the SNP are using bullying and threats to try to silence anyone who disagrees with them.
Here are a few of extracts: