Letters

‘Is this what we wanted?’

Interesting Shetland green energy conundrum. Folk on zero hours, low or minimum wages, state pensioners (half the minimum wage rate), folk on the living wage and many just above, now face a doubling or more of their energy bills and ongoing for at least two years. This will suck in a significantly large number of […] Shetland News …


Open letter to councillors: please right this wrong

Dear councillors, We have been informed that fishing communities across the UK are set to benefit from £75million of government investment to spur the industry’s post-Brexit growth.    Regarding this apparent benevolent gesture by the government, might this be the catalyst for the Shetland Islands Council to perhaps take another look at the proposal to develop […] Shetland News …


Outdated nonsense

The 25 November sees the beginning of 16 days of Activism against gender-based violence against women & girls, part of the United Nation’s Secretary General’s UNiTE campaign by 2030 to end violence against women. This year’s theme is “Orange the World: end violence against women now!” Public Health Scotland describe gender inequality as a “root […] Shetland News …


Women can do anything they choose to do

Although this is an extract sent to the Shetland News in 1912, it is quite horrifying to hear these opinions still bandied about today in some media, over a century later. “As I said ae time afore, lat dem stick ta dir ain place an’ dir ain wark: lat dem mind da craidle and da […] Shetland News …


Divide and conquer

Orion is another bold and ambitious project proposed for Shetland. It’s concerning that once again we may be at the mercy of a well-known business strategy known as divide and conquer. This strategy relies on division and quarrelling amongst the people affected so they cannot unite against the conqueror who in this case promises jobs […] Shetland News …


Fresh leadership needed

Councillor C Smith jumped before he was pushed. Then councillor M Burgess jumped before he was pushed. Then councillor S Leask jumped before he was pushed. Then councillor I Scott jumped before he was pushed. If you aren’t in the cabal within the council leadership, you are seen as either a threat, or at threat […] Shetland News …


Time for Scotland to be independent

Scotland exports electricity. Scotland exports gas. Scotland exports oil. If there is an energy crisis, it is situated south of the border, both in the lack of energy resources and in poor policy making. Energy prices are going to go up in this energy rich country because we are run from somewhere else for someone […] Shetland News …


Whalsay demands disabled public toilets and upgrade to ferry waiting room

Does the Shetland Islands Council’s concern for the safety and well being of disabled people stop at the Laxo and Vidlin ferry terminals? In a report in the media Steel shortage prompts delay in Whalsay linkspan refurbishment; Shetland News, 25 August 2021) it was stated that “councillor Allison Duncan voiced his concern that waiting rooms and […] Shetland News …


When will the Viking Energy bond be in place?

Having heard the non-answer to a question put to councillor Coutts on Radio Shetland’sPublic Platform last week, I would like to ask the same question: When will the financial bond be put in place? This bond was a planning consent condition, which stated that the Viking Energy development should not commence unless and until a […] Shetland News …


Time to wake up and smell the coffee

An outsider reading the letters on both Shetland News and in the Shetland Times would be forgiven for thinking that no one actually wants the wind farm projects, especially not Viking Energy. From the start of this year alone, I counted over 20 ‘anti-wind farm’ letters on Shetland News and not a single one in […] Shetland News …