Wednesday 22 May 2024
 13°C   SE Light Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Election letters 2019 / The democratic deficit

Let’s take a step back and escape from the election hullabaloo for a minute and look at what unites us all when it comes to voting.

In Scotland the Tories poll around the 25 per cent mark and in Orkney and Shetland this goes down to less than 10 per cent. It would seem therefore that three quarters of the electorate in Scotland and nine out of ten voters in Orkney and Shetland want to see a progressive left of centre government.

When you look at the detail of policies on the economy, health, housing etc you could argue that the Lib Dems, Labour and the SNP are very similar in outlook, apart from major constitutional issues.

It is a stark reality then that we will, in all probability (if the polls are to be believed), wake up on 13 December 13 to a new Tory government lead by Boris Johnson. We will be ruled by the most right-wing government in all of our lifetimes.

This democratic deficit is untenable. Just imagine we were able to have the government we all want. A progressive society where we care for our young and elderly, with decent public services but where businesses can thrive. It is possible. We just have to look across the water at our neighbours in Scandinavia.

Voters in the rest of the UK south of the border do not want this. Labour heartlands are now voting Tory. Unthinkable in Scotland. They want an inward-looking type of nationalism that we do not.

It has become evident that there is only one way to achieve a truly progressive internationalist society in Scotland and this is through independence.

More and more people are beginning to realise this and voting SNP on 12 December is the first step we can take to achieving a fairer society for all.

Iain Malcolmson
South Nesting

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.

 

Newsletters

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.