Tavish Scott, in his speech to the Lib/Dem conference themed “solutions for Scotland” said: “Local people know what’s best for their area, not bureaucrats at Holyrood.” How true! He also said: “Scotland deserves honesty.”
Shame then that he continues to body-swerve the most controversial issue facing his Shetland constituents at the moment. Eleventh-hour calls for a referendum and inquiry cannot disguise his sidestepping the issue of the Viking Energy windfarm; a half-hearted posturing that indicates support in my book.
As our MSP it is not so much “solutions for Scotland” he should be seeking but solutions for Shetland. Unfortunately, as leader of the Scottish Lib/Dems he sits in a similarly compromised position to his Westminster coalition colleagues when it comes to representing the best interests of his island constituents.
Shetland deserves fair representation of its unique needs, albeit within a nationally responsible context. It does not deserve to be environmentally plundered with ill-conceived developments for a political agenda set in Holyrood. The true voice of the Shetland people is not being heard. It is high time it was.