As a former SNP candidate in both Orkney and Shetland, I have been puzzled why the Lib Dems have been so well supported, over many years, prior to the present Scottish election campaign.
There are many reasons why Shetlanders should consider voting for Jean Urquhart and the SNP on 5th May.
By putting the people first, the SNP has the vision to make Scotland a fairer, wealthier and more successful country.
We can look to Norway and Finland, as small independent countries which have made a good jobs of governing their peoples.
We in Orkney and Shetland are proud of our Nordic links and past. Many of us have enjoyed visits to Norway, one of the best places to live in, anywhere in the world. Nobody in Norway wants to give up their own government in the Storting and go back to being ruled by Sweden. It is unfortunate for Ireland that they made many of the same mistakes as Brown and Blair’s London Labour governments caused our present economic difficulties.
I agree with recently retired Lib Dem MSP John Farquhar Munro, who thinks Alex Salmond and the SNP have done well over the past four years and thinks they deserve a second term in government at Holyrood.
Local Lib Dem Tavish Scott may not have had 100 per cent support from all his MSPs over the past four years. He makes a big thing of being local. However, neither Jo Grimond nor Jim Wallace were local. They did not come originally from either Orkney or Shetland, but both achieved a lot in politics.
It is not where one comes from that is important, but what the party stands for in Europe, Westminster or Holyrood. The SNP has a better record than the Lib Dems in these parliaments.
Mr Scott cannot dissociate himself from Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems in London. They are the same Lib Dems, in coalition with the Tories, while we in Scotland are having to live with the consequences.
Only SNP MSPs will be able to stand up for Scotland or Shetland against Con-Dem cuts, so the more we elect on 5th May the better. I urge everyone to be part of better and back the SNP.
The SNP has frozen council tax for four years, protected NHS investment and delivered 25,000 new apprenticeships. We will maintain the extra 1,000 policemen, while protecting frontline services, with efficiency savings and by reducing waste.
Both Donna Heddle in Orkney and Jean Urquhart in Shetland would be be excellent MSPs, if elected.