Cheap trick (Andy Holt)
Jonathan Wills accuses those of us who wish to resist the closure of rural schools of being “romantics” who are looking to have their “expensive rustic idyll” maintained at the cost of lower standards of education for the children of his ward.
This is a typical cheap political trick, to set one section of Shetland society against another in order to cover up one’s own failure to properly plan for the whole of Shetland and failure to maintain a tight rein on spending.
Nearly two decades and a few millions of our money and still no replacement for the high school. Twelve million pounds and rising for the ugliest theatre in the northern hemisphere and heaven knows how much for the empire builders of social work next door. Seven million to bail out the directors of a failed seafood company. I could go on but suffice it to say instead of slashing the services of the most vulnerable parts of Shetland society the good doctor and his fellow councillors, whose collective job is to represent the interests of the whole of Shetland, should be concentrating on the well being of us all. Unless the plan is that we should all end up living in the central belt?