Candidates required (John Pedley)

Will all passengers for Lerwick please change at Voe! Nice one Shetland Times – the Shetland underground train network article was an excellent All Fools Day “spoof”.

However, there is a serious side to all this and I would echo James Whitworth’s congratulatory letter that the original article epitomises the track (pardon the pun) record of our council over the last three or four terms, particularly the ones where it has been led by its current convener.

Rather than dwell on the council’s record yet again I would urge Shetland voters to take full advantage of the pending May elections to register their dissatisfaction by not being apathetic and exercising their vote having carefully scrutinised each candidate’s manifesto.

I use the latter word advisedly because it means “a public declaration of intentions, opinions, objectives, and motives” and each of those headings should be declared separately instead of the unstructured waffle we are usually subjected to. I would also go as far as to say that each manifesto should be accompanied by a CV.

However, the foregoing presupposes that there is a reasonable selection of candidates to choose from in each ward and this is certainly not always the case. Therefore I would urge anyone who, among other qualities, is blessed with common sense, has a disposition and desire to fight for and promote Shetland’s welfare but does not have any vested interests to put themselves forward to increase the pool of candidates.

In short we need a few more Dr Willses.

John Pedley


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