Over the past year through these columns some readers have slated councillors for not having the ability to make decisions which will benefit Shetland and its population. Then one day nine brave and true councillors stand up and make a decision which is going to guarantee Shetland has a prosperous future and once again they are slated.
Unsustainable Shetland is going to report councillors to the Standards Commission, another regular contributor to these columns called them numpties (kettle and pot come to mind), others just rambled on. The Shetland Times published the results of a poll showing that Shetlanders are in favour of a windfarm, The Magnificent Nine reflected that in their vote. Just what do our elected representatives have to do to be right?
We vote them in, they generously give their time and make sometimes unpopular decisions which is what we effectively gave them a mandate to do. What do we then do, we publicly blaspheme at them and call them numpties and an unsustainable group of us run to teacher crying.
These councillors have stood and have been counted, let their critics also stand and be counted, you don’t like what they do, then you stand for election. We could have a range of new local political parties such as Lord Sandy’s Monster Raving Numptie Party or even Unsustainable Shetland’s Raving Loony Party.