Politics

Let’s work together, SNP councillor says after Green agreement

SHETLAND’s sole SNP councillor says the isles should work in partnership with both his party and the Greens following their power sharing agreement. Robbie McGregor said he was “delighted” that a deal was struck. The agreement still needs to be ratified by members of the Scottish Green Party. The party will hold an extraordinary general […] Shetland News …


Councillor floats idea of devolving some fisheries control to Shetland

A LOCAL councillor believes it is worth exploring the idea of Shetland gaining control of its fisheries out to the 12-mile limit. Duncan Anderson, who represents the North Isles, pointed to the Scottish Islands Act which gives scope for local authorities to request more powers or functions. The Scottish Government has the responsibility for managing […] Shetland News …


‘No indication’ when a decision will be made on islands Covid restrictions, SIC chief executive says

FRUSTRATION among local businesses and politicians has continued this week in the absence of any announcement from the Scottish Government regarding changes to Covid-19 restrictions from the end of this month. The government consulted islanders on whether they would prefer greater local freedoms in exchange for continued travel restrictions when the rest of Scotland unlocks […] Shetland News …


Lib Dems welcome commitment to introduce island testing

THE SCOTTISH Government has finally given a commitment to consider introducing Covid-19 testing at island entry points, according to the three parliamentarians from the Northern Isles. The isles’ Lib Dems have been calling for such a move since the end of last year. On Friday afternoon, Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart and her Orkney colleague Liam […] Shetland News …


SNP candidate lobbies own party to ensure level playing field for spaceports

LOCAL SNP candidate for the Scottish Parliament elections Tom Wills is urging economy secretary Fiona Hyslop to ensure a level playing field for all Scottish spaceport proposals after the government minister appeared to favour rocket launches from the proposed site in Sutherland. Last week the Press and Journal newspaper reported that Hyslop had been lobbying […] Shetland News …


UK spending review ‘lacking ambition’, says Northern Isles MP

NORTHERN Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has criticised the UK Chancellor’s spending review for a lack of ambition in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and just five weeks ahead of the EU transition period ending. The topic of Brexit was notable by its absence in Rishi Sunak’s address to the House of Commons on Wednesday, […] Shetland News …


Coutts seeks clarity on Covid-19 measures to keep community on board

COUNCIL leaders in Shetland are hoping for meaningful discussions with Scottish Government ministers later today (Wednesday) about how the new tiered system of coronavirus restrictions would work in the isles. The expectation is that Shetland, along with the other Scottish island authorities as well as Highland an Moray would be placed in tier one after […] Shetland News …