This is the only time that I can remember Shetland having a choice of an independent of credibility for the forthcoming Scottish Parliamentary election, and before that, any general election.
Tavish Scott has done some good for Shetland, particularly when he was the transport minister. However, in this past parliament he has been as much use to Shetland as an ashtray on a motorbike, no doubt distracted by national matters since being elected as the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.
His “neutrality” stance over the Viking Energy windfarm project I have found particularly infuriating. The Shetland community has torn itself apart over this issue, and Tavish has stood idly by and done nothing.
He did make a pathetic appeal for a referendum just as the matter was entering “injury time”. He could have put pressure on many organisations years earlier, not least Viking Energy itself, to hold a proper referendum. The Electoral Reform Society could have overseen that this was fair and impartial.
This would have decided the matter one way or another, and saved much grief for the Shetland community, as well as much money and effort spent on “propaganda”.
The other three candidates, or rather their parties, have nothing to offer Shetland.
I urge the Shetland community to vote for Billy Fox. This may be a once in a lifetime chance to obtain a truly independent MSP for Shetland. His view of the Viking Energy windfarm project is well known, and I absolutely support anyone who may be able to stop this iniquity from happening to Shetland; which despite vested interests claiming the contrary, I believe the substantial majority of the people of Shetland oppose.
But he is not just a one-issue candidate. He holds many more views that are in Shetland’s interests, and if elected he will be able to pursue these issues in the Scottish Parliament free from any party interests or interference.