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Defending democracy

Defending democracy

07/06/2013, by in News

In principle integration between Shetland Islands Council and NHS Shetland is a sound idea. By working together the organisations should be able to reduce the duplication of work and ultimately provide better services to the public. Yet, as with all public services there has to be accountability. ... Read more...

What price regulation?

What price regulation?

4 comments, 26/04/2013, by in News

Scottish party leaders were yesterday in talks to find an “appropriate way forward” in implementing press regulation plans. At the forefront of their minds should have been the principle of protecting free speech from the implications of the cobbled together Royal Charter rushed through Westmin... Read more...

Editorial: The Old Rock 02.12.11

Editorial: The Old Rock 02.12.11

01/12/2011, by in News

The most severe global financial crisis since the Great Depression is getting worse. Yesterday’s call from the Bank of England for banks to raise more capital to protect them from the eurozone debacle was one of many signals that the risk of a repeat of 2008’s near-collapse of the banking system... Read more...

Spaekalation

Spaekalation

01/12/2011, by in News

Last year while he was on a visit to China, Prime Minister David Cameron was involved in a diplomatic incident that had more than a casual connection with Scotland’s past. (more…) Read more...

Editorial: The Old Rock 25.11.11

Editorial: The Old Rock 25.11.11

25/11/2011, by in News

The chief executive of the national sports body sportscotland, Stewart Harris, was in Shetland on Friday to present swimmer Andrea Strachan, who won four gold medals at the Island Games in the Isle of Wight in the summer, with her richly-deserved accolade of Sportsperson of the Year 2011. (more&hell... Read more...

Spaekalation

Spaekalation

25/11/2011, by in News

October 1st 2011 was a dark day indeed. In Scotland new legislation came into force, banning shops and supermarkets from offering special deals on alcohol purchases, while in Demark the world’s first ever fat tax was introduced. The Danish tax targets specifically saturated fat, and affects such i... Read more...

Editorial: The Old Rock 18.11.11

Editorial: The Old Rock 18.11.11

17/11/2011, by in News

The Air Discount Scheme (ADS), introduced in 2006, was operating very nicely thank you until April this year when the Scottish government decided to exclude business travellers and those from public sector bodies and charities. Like the majority of reforms introduced by politicians at present, it wa... Read more...

Spaekalation

Spaekalation

17/11/2011, by in News

Over the past few weeks, people in Europe have been asked to believe something that would, not so long ago, have been absurd; we have been asked to believe that economics is a question with only one possible answer, and the pursuit of that answer is sometimes more important than the pursuit of democ... Read more...

Spaekalation

Spaekalation

10/11/2011, by in News

As you are all aware, the mystery of the cave paintings aside, art always comes into being as soon as a society produces enough surplus to allow artists to be supported. (more…) Read more...

Times Past

Times Past

10/11/2011, by in News

25 Years AgoThree years ago Shetland Islands Council changed its mind and left Lerwick Community Council with a load of old cobbles – £8,000 worth of granite paving stone which was to be used in front of the Town Hall to mark its centenary in 1983. (more…) Read more...