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Party politics in the council chamber? Surely not!

Ahead of May’s local government election, modern political history PhD student Mathew Nicolson looks at the role party politics has played in council elections over the years. And although there is an increase in the number of candidates on a party ticket, his verdict is clear that those with a party affiliation take a high […] Shetland News …


Shetland’s appeal remains strong despite pandemic

Following two years during which Covid-19 has devastated the tourism industry in Scotland, we are finally approaching the new season with a sense of optimism once more, writes Steve Mathieson, VisitScotland development manager for Shetland. The results of last year’s Shetland Tourism Association survey were very positive, with 82 per cent of businesses confident about […] Shetland News …


The energy industry’s ‘Dark Secret’

The study revealed a shocking 54 per cent waste of all energy generated or bought in (mostly heat which is the most expensive energy type). The value the study attributed to this waste was a staggering £9.5 billion per annum. Let’s leave that there to sink in and I will return to it. The two biggest […] Shetland News …


Welcome to Quango Scotland – the new Scottish democracy

IT IS difficult to think of any policy area in which power has been devolved downwards from Edinburgh. A major tool in achieving this outcome has been the shackling of quangos.  Where once there were strong voices prepared to speak out for regions or economic sectors within Scotland, there are now faceless hacks who shuffle […] Shetland News …


Fuel poverty facts speak for themselves

MUCH has been made in the press over the last few months about the level of fuel poverty in Shetland. All fuel poverty is bad news but if, by the current definition, you’re living in extreme fuel poverty then you are deemed to be at least twice as badly off as someone who is officially […] Shetland News …


Filming Shetland will be drama-free, BBC assures islanders

FOR ME, Shetland isn’t just an internationally successful BBC One drama series; it’s also a community which has, over the last eight years, warmly welcomed our cast and crew with open arms. Somewhere we all hold very dear which plays as much of a starring role in the series as Douglas Henshall, Steven Robertson and […] Shetland News …