Pause for thought. If, as promised, the SNP achieves independence for Scotland, would Shetlanders join Scotland, or wish to stay in what remains of the Union?
The recent very poor showing of the SNP in Shetland would suggest the latter. What would happen to the financial backers, international bankers, UK government grants and tariffs under all of the possible scenarios created by an independent Scotland, with or without Shetland?
Is this the time to press on with the Viking Energy project? However one regards Viking the finances of it have to be thrown into question. In fact with a Scottish independence battle looming, the whole issue may become irrelevant.