The purpose of these accounts is to make direct attacks on a library campaigner, Tim Coates. It's no secret that I don't particularly like him, and I'm pretty sure that he doesn't like me either. I don't like his opinions or his attitude towards librarians. However, he has EVERY right to hold them, and although I think his attempts to save libraries are not focussed in the way that I would like them to be, that's beside the point. Tim would probably use exactly the same words about me.
If we're to debate and discuss issues, then let us do so. Ad hominem attacks do no good, and in fact draw attention away from challenging his methods and approach. The approach used by CoatesWatch merely sows seeds of distrust - as the account is anonymous (no, I don't know who runs it and no, it's not me) it does have the danger that fellow professionals will look at each other and wonder. It also means that if anyone addresses the issues that Tim raises it does identify those individuals as, I suppose, potential writers of the account.
I truly hope that the originator of the accounts is not a professional librarian and I most certainly hope that they are not a member of any professional body. If it is ever discovered who is behind the accounts I can assure them that I would contact their professional body that same day with a request that they should be removed from it for professional misconduct. If we are unable to counter arguments without resorting to anonymous accounts we shouldn't be attempting to at all.
The Twitter account is currently followed by 62 people, many of them people that I either know personally, or who I respect professionally. I suspect that each and everyone of them does so not out of support for the account but to keep an eye on it. I would however respectfully suggest that while this account has followers and a readership it will continue to be written, so followers may wish to reconsider their position regarding it. I do not follow the account myself and I have now blocked it. We do not need distractions of this nature when we have more important battles to fight.