It wasn’t that long ago that I was a pupil at the Anderson High School and I remember spending my lunchtimes in 6th year looking for jobs and volunteering opportunities abroad. I also remember gaining a driving licence and being able to go to a music festival without your parents: it was a time of newfound freedoms.
The pandemic has been unfair on many, but it has perhaps been most unfair on the young. Young folk in Shetland and across the country have had to make sacrifices, just when their horizons should have been expanding.
I do not believe that today’s young folk will be a “lost generation”, but they do face serious challenges.
The SNP has put together a manifesto specifically for young people. It is packed full of brilliant ideas to support young folk through this difficult time amd to build a better country for the future. You can read it here.
I have also set out some Shetland-specific priorities and blogs that you can read on my website here.
Thanks to the SNP, 16- and 17-year olds can vote in these elections for the Scottish Parliament. If you’re old enough to pay taxes, get married or join the armed forces, then you’re old enough to have a say in who governs your country.
Your vote tomorrow (Thursday 6 May) really matters. This is an election that will decide which party or parties govern Scotland during the recovery from the pandemic and for the next five years.
It’s not a referendum: that will come later, if pro-independence parties win a majority in this election.
I’m asking you to put your trust in me to represent Shetland in Holyrood, and in Nicola Sturgeon to continue steering us through these hard times.
Whatever choice you make, please do vote. It’s your future.
Yours for Shetland,
SNP candidate for Shetland