This election is on course to result in the Scottish National Party forming the government in Scotland.
The SNP is dedicated to the cause of making Scotland the best it can be and committed to localism not centralism as some would have you believe.
Employing more police and seeking, through consultation, a more efficient management system, does not equate with centralisation of the police force. In spite of an unprecedented reduction in the block grant from Westminster the SNP government has tried to protect the settlement to local authorities, maintaining the quality of local services.
Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) applied to the Western Isles ferries was, and is, an attempt to stimulate the economy in a group of islands whose population was haemorrhaging; RET applied here would see significant increases in ferry fares and therefore be quite wrong.
Given another term in office this government would seek to improve other services where it can and where the need is greatest.
Shetland has a long history of returning the Liberal candidate regardless of any national trend. This may be the time to consider the wider political landscape; policies that will keep education free, maintain police numbers, continue to cap local taxation, re-introduce the bill to increase the price of alcohol because it’s the right thing to do, and introducing the small business bonus thus saving business closure (even in Shetland).
I am hopeful that recognition of these and other achievements will be acknowledged when you vote next week. A vote for the SNP is a vote of confidence in the future of Shetland and Scotland.