Viewpoint / Party politics in the council chamber? Surely not!
Viewpoint / It’s hard to go green if you’re facing the red
Viewpoint / ‘Dear meal and greedy ministers’
Viewpoint / Shetland’s appeal remains strong despite pandemic
Viewpoint / Covid two years on: the promise of spring never failsIn April 2020, we asked Tresta resident Carol Jamieson to share her thoughts on the early days of the pandemic, at a time we were all experiencing the first weeks of the lockdown. Now, exactly two years after Shetland’s first Covid cases were confirmed, she says she is a different person.
Election / Neither democracy nor good governance
Viewpoint / Letter from Russia
Viewpoint / Is there a case for Cambo, Rosebank or Glendronach?
Viewpoint / Ending the dereliction of duty
Viewpoint / A cleaner and greener future is possibleAs world leaders gather in Glasgow for the COP26 UN climate summit, Celestine Verdcourt-Lawrence of Shetland Eco Youth calls on governments to stop pretending and start working seriously towards a net zero future
Viewpoint / Police chief urges islanders to be vigilant to avoid becoming a victim of ‘sextortion’In his first contribution to what is set to become a regular column, chief inspector Paul Daley warns of the dangers of ‘sextortion’ and reassures the community that help is at hand
Viewpoint / The energy industry’s ‘Dark Secret’The last serious study of how much energy is wasted here in the UK was done by the Association for Decentralised Energy in 2015, writes environmental campaigner Vic Thomas
Viewpoint / Free bus travel for youngsters welcome, but more can be doneThis week the Scottish Government confirmed that under 22s will receive free bus travel from January next year – but at this stage transport on ferries for islanders is not part of the plans. One of Shetland’s two members of the Scottish Youth Parliament, Jonathan Dorrat, gives us his view
Viewpoint / Welcome to Quango Scotland – the new Scottish democracyThe devolution paradox is that it has taken so much decision-making away from Scottish communities rather than closer to them, writes former Labour MP Brian Wilson, one of the founders of the Skye-based West Highland Free Press.
Viewpoint / ‘No bairn in Shetland should ever go hungry again’Following news that Shetland’s oil funds have grown by a whopping £250 million on the global money markets, local food entrepreneur David Polson is floating the idea of creating a Shetland Children’s Trust
Viewpoint / Unst spaceport will bring ‘biggest transformation’ to isles since arrival of oil and gasWith the first launches from Shetland Space Centre planned for May 2022, chief executive Frank Strang has reflected on the progress so far
Viewpoint / Racism takes many formsFollowing news reports of racist graffiti appearing on some crumbling Cold War buildings in the southend of Shetland, Peter Hamilton puts pen to paper to reflect on the many forms racism, sexism, transphobia and discrimination can take.
Viewpoint / Fuel poverty facts speak for themselvesChief executive of Hjaltland Housing Association and vice chair of the Shetland Fuel Poverty Action Group, Bryan Leask, is urging the incoming government to make tackling Scotland’s ‘shamefully’ high levels of fuel poverty, particularly in rural and island areas, a top priority
Viewpoint / There has never been a time when people need a holiday more
Viewpoint / Filming Shetland will be drama-free, BBC assures islandersITV Studios’ producer of the crime drama Shetland, Louise Say, responds to concern voiced here by Tom Morton who earlier this week asked whether it is a good idea to resume filming the popular series as early as April
Viewpoint / ‘Why not wait, Shetland? That’s all. Wait a few weeks’Please come to Shetland, Shetland. But not yet, says Tom Morton.
Opinions / Island self-determination ‘completely normal’Frustrated with the limitations of local government in Scotland since devolution, Shetland Islands Council decided earlier this year to look closely at the options of clawing some back political powers from Edinburgh and thus reviving local democracy. Here, council convener Malcolm Bell sets out the case for self-determination.
Viewpoint / HIAL’s air traffic controller recruitment: a view from withinA ‘perceived’ recruitment crisis for air traffic controllers at island airports is being used by airport operator HIAL to further its ATC centralisation plans, writes Peter Henderson who has been working at Kirkwall airport’s control tower for 18 years
Viewpoint / Autonomy debate returns to ShetlandAhead of Wednesday’s council meeting, modern political history PhD student Mathew Nicolson argues that the latest bid for self-determination reflects grievances with centralisation and the continued erosion of local government powers rather than the desire for full autonomy.
Viewpoint / ‘We are blessed with abundant potential at a time the world needs it most’
Viewpoint / Uncertain future as isles are turned into an industrialised landscape
Viewpoint / Election result a ‘disaster for country and community alike’
Opinions / Time for local action to combat climate changeHere in Shetland we have a climate crisis and we need our council to declare a climate emergency, write Anderson High School students Isla Johnson, Laura Bisset and Celestine Verdcourt-Laurenson of Eco Youth Shetland.
Opinions / Shetland has again all eggs in one basketThe focus on building a 600Megawatt subsea cable is preventing investment in local renewable energy projects, writes James Mackenzie, the outgoing vice-chairman of Sustainable Shetland, the grassroots group that opposes the Viking Energy wind farm.
Viewpoint / Why we’re carrying a coffin along the Lang KamesPete Bevington is one of the organisers of Lament for the Lang Kames, a ‘funeral procession’ being held on Saturday for “all that will be lost if Viking Energy goes ahead as planned”. He explains why the procession – coffin and all – is taking place.
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