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.
Viewpoint / Welcome to TurbinelandHillswick based journalist and broadcaster Tom Morton has been supporting the Viking Energy wind farm as a community project for many years. Now, with local control of the project and community benefit lost, he has changed sides.
Viewpoint / Taking pride in speaking with a regional accent‘We often talk about racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, ageism and such, but rarely about discrimination towards regional accents’, writes Whalsay journalism student Chloe Irvine.
Viewpoint / Everyone is entitled to equal rightsI often delight in boring my students with the unique social, cultural and political status of Shetland, but the debate around (Lerwick) Up Helly Aa leaves me feeling ashamed, writes former Brae resident Karl Johnson.
Viewpoint / Women are a major part of Up Helly Aa‘We are not adverse to change because of gender issues. We oppose it because Up Helly Aa is part of our culture and heritage and we love it the way it is’, writes Linda Hughson.
Viewpoint / Call for help following devastating Cyclone Idai
Viewpoint / ‘Challenging conversations’Council chief executive Maggie Sandison on the urgent need to improve the quality of debate on Up Helly Aa
Viewpoint / Brexit – we didn’t vote for this!WE ARE living in unprecedented times with record defeats, cabinet resignations every other week and a woefully ineffective and disunited Labour opposition, writes SNP Highlands and Islands list MSP Maree Todd.
Viewpoint / SLAP deal ‘extremely good news’FORMER council leader Gary Robinson explains why buying Shetland Charitable Trust (SCT)’s property arm SLAP was the right thing to do for the council and why public buildings should never have ended up in the ownership of the company in the first place.
Viewpoint / ‘Let’s seize the opportunities’
Viewpoint / Local accommodation trade needs ‘protection’
Viewpoint / ‘I would rather we remained part of the EU’
Viewpoint / Editorial: HIAL car parking charges appear unjust
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