Some Shetland councillors/trustees are unwilling to relinquish their hold on Shetland’s oil funds and are clinging on until the bitter end, despite legal advice to change. They don’t want to give up their positions on the trust as they will lose their absolute power over how the funds are allocated. And they don’t look like removing themselves as trustees in the near future.
To remove the control that they have over the funds, would it not be preferrable to elect one member from each of Shetland’s 18 local community councils as trustees? Some community councillors have for years given their time freely for the benefit of their community and for the good of Shetland, and appear to have the right mindset to act from the right perspective.
They also live and work in their community and know the needs and problems in their locality, as well as their neighbours’ thinking on a wide range of matters.
Of course SIC councillors could elect, say, three of their own to sit on the panel of SCT trustees, but no SIC councillors should be entitled to represent local community councils on the panel. It would be interesting to see if this suggestion is discussed at public consultation.
The idea that SIC councillor/trustees could select and appoint eight “independent” trustees could be said to be laughable, but it really is no joke. Surely no-one can take this suggestion seriously?
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