What a spot on letter, Linda (A Shetlander’s Perspective, 19/6/20).
I’m a soothmoother and fully agree with all your comments right down to the very sad gradual demise of the Shetland dialect, in a world dominated by a level of political correctness that’s totally defeated its purpose and is seriously destroying tolerance on all fronts.
Very sad that the SIC over many years didn’t have the Shetland dialect as an important element in the education system, as they trod the path of creeping harmonisation that’s destroyed so much regional culture in Britain and elsewhere. So contrary in many ways to protecting and enhancing Shetland’s wonderful heritage and culture.
As to political correctness, we have reached a point in our sick society that amongst many bad things, allows minority groups to (rightly so) seek acceptance in society and in law but often advocated with utter intolerance to others who don’t share their philosophy, so what we have now in some situations are demands (again rightly so) for tolerance, parity with other socially accepted activities, changes to the law etc but without any tolerance for the folk who may “beg to differ” or whose ethics, religious or otherwise dictate a different path or opinion.
You cannot have or demand tolerance without being tolerant yourself, no matter how wronged you may feel.
Soothmoother, ebbtider etc.
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 400 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.Support Shetland News