Election letters 2019 / Only interested in representing the SNP in Shetland

It is disappointing, but not surprising, that Maree Todd’s first intervention in the by-election debate has only been to add to the deliberate campaign by the SNP to misrepresent the twenty years of service that Tavish Scott gave to these islands (Serious about securing change; SN, 20 August 2019).

It is interesting that she does so on the same day that the SNP candidate claims to have the utmost respect for Tavish for “working tirelessly for Shetland” for twenty years.

Ms Todd, however, is a useful comparison for local people to see what they get if they elect a Nationalist. In the three years she has been our “representative” she has done absolutely nothing to stand up for Shetland.

She has supported the introduction of car parking charges at Sumburgh, the removal of the Air Discount Scheme from business travellers and the removal of local control of emergency services.


She has done nothing to support us getting fair funding for our internal ferry service or for better links to mainland Scotland that everyone here knows we need.

For twenty years Liberal Democrat Tavish Scott represented Shetland in Holyrood. SNP MSP’s like Maree Todd are only interested in representing the SNP government here.

Theo Smith

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.



Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.