Community / Return of rationing to be debated as Althing makes comeback

Speakers Richard Forbes Chris Bunyan, Barbara Dinnage and Donald Murray after a previous Althing debate. Photo: Shetland News

SHETLAND’s long-running debating group the Althing is resuming after a break of more than two years due to the Covid pandemic.

The motion ‘We should bring back rationing’ will be debated at Lerwick Town Hall on Saturday 22 October.

It was due to be debated on 20 March 2020 but had to be postponed as the country went into lockdown.

Kevin Learmonth and Robina Barton will speak in favour of the motion, with Barbara Fraser and Dennis Leask opposing.

Another debate is planned for 26 November, and the committee is keen to plan further debates and engage more volunteers and speakers.

The Althing Social Group was formed in 1950, and before the pandemic it has only had one other break, from 1967 to 1973.

In earlier years the Althing organised a variety of events but since the 1980s it has mostly run debates.

The current office holders are chairperson Caroline Henderson, secretary Karen Fraser and treasurer Vic Thomas.

The debate on 22 October kicks off at 7.30pm, and admission is £2, with everyone welcome.

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