A great deal has been written in The Shetland Times over the last few weeks about Tavish Scott, a lot of which, in the Readers’ Views, can only be described as personal bile.
This personal attack theme was, to a lesser extent, again evident at the BBC hustings on Friday night when Tavish’s integrity was called into question by three of the candidates.
Tavish is quite capable of withstanding these hurtful and sometimes childish attacks but I often wonder if the people who perpetrate them ever consider the hurt and anguish it causes to his family in this close-knit community.
I have been closely associated with Tavish Scott since he became our MSP in 1999 and have personally seen at close hand the hard work and commitment he has put into his job over the last 12 years, serving his constituents in Shetland without fear or favour.
There must be hundreds of individuals, organisations and businesses in Shetland who can endorse what I have said. Tavish has over these last three terms as our MSP become well known and respected in Holyrood and has built up an impressive reputation for representing and getting things done for Shetland. He has also gained an immense knowledge as to how our country is governed.
His hard work, commitment and loyalty to Shetland cannot be called into question and therefore I would ask the Shetland voters to make sure they use their vote next Thursday to retain our MSP by voting for Tavish Scott.
Theo G C Smith