No hidden agendas (Billy Fox)
I fully agree with Mr Jamieson when he points out the dangers of single issue candidates standing for election (“Complete sham”, Readers’ Views, 4th April). I also agree with him regarding Mr Hannah’s comments, which although well intentioned were ill-judged and incorrect.
There is no doubt the Viking Energy windfarm is the final straw that has prompted me to stand for the Scottish Parliament, but having lived and worked all my life in Shetland my concerns on island issues are much broader.
How we move forward on energy requirements for Shetland and all the issues Mr Jamieson mentions, education, health, social care, jobs, addiction are important to me. My concerns also relate to fishing, crofting, aquaculture, transport and the full gamut of the Shetland economy.
I cannot lay claim to any political pedigree but looking at some politicians these days that may not be a bad thing. What I will guarantee if elected is to work hard and without compromise for the good of Shetland. That will be the case whether or not the VE windfarm goes ahead. Encouragingly, I already have several pro-windfarm acquaintances saying they will consider voting for me, it is up to me to confirm their support between now and polling day.
If I were elected I can assure everyone in Shetland that I would offer full representation to him or her – no hidden agendas. My views would not be hidden, neither would my constituents’ concerns be compromised.
The Liberal Democrats sit nationally as one of the most discredited parties of all time. To conform to such a party line while purporting to do what is best for Shetland is doing real harm to Scotland and us. The recent North Sea oil tax hike is just the latest blunder limply defended by our sitting parliamentarians.
I would only ask that the Shetland public give me opportunity to lay out my stall over the next few weeks and pass judgement on 5th May. I believe folk in Shetland are weary and looking for change. The entrenched Lib/Dem position in Shetland is what is the truly negative issue. The SNP has sat in government for the last four years and could not care less about Shetland because it is such a strong Lib/Dem seat. That is really unhealthy for Shetland. If I rock the boat enough this time perhaps some of the main parties will see merit in putting up more credible candidates in future.
I ask folk to look at www.billyfox.co.uk and they will see that I hold a broad range of views. I would also like to leave you with the following:
“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism – ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.” Franklin D Roosevelt, message to Congress on curbing monopolies, 29th April, 1938.