Taken in by sideshow (Stuart Hill)
It’s time Shetland stopped being taken in by the sideshow of the Scottish referendum. Whether Scotland votes yes or no for its independence is a matter of interest for Shetland, but nothing more – it’s not our business.
In 2009 I put an old Land Rover on the road with Forvik number plates, Forvik “tax disc” and Forvik documentation. Although the police seized the car and destroyed it, they brought no charges – which was strange enough. They referred the matter of the Forvik “tax disc” to the DVLA, who also declined to take any action.
Last Friday (31st January) a car in England with Forvik number plates and documentation was towed away from outside the owner’s house. The owner reported it to the police as stolen and was told the DVLA had removed it.
He called the DVLA and gave them the contact details for the Forvik Vehicle Licensing Authority. He then got an anonymous phone call saying the DVLA had dumped the car in a nearby car park. Seemingly the DVLA does not want to be in the position of justifying the UK’s authority in Shetland.
Both Scotland and the UK want us to think we are part of Scotland because they both see us as a cash-cow. However, neither is able to prove that we are part of Scotland. Everything is based on a presumption that has no basis in law. It’s only kept in place because we don’t question it.
There is no evidence to show that Shetland is not already independent, and the evidence in mounting that it is. So, don’t vote “yes”. Don’t vote “no”. Just ask “Why?”