I call on all six prospective bidders for the Northern Isles ferry services contract to enlighten the island residents on their position with regard to possible sailings to Scandinavia.
Would they actively promote this option, would they lobby the Scottish government to permit the extra sailings and would they want to carry out the sailings if demand was evident?
The Scottish government has made no mention of this option in the new ferry tender, once again failing to actively promote our islands’ business opportunities, social inclusion and heritage which are claimed to be the aims in the tender document. Thus effectively marginalising our islands.
With continual monetary strife in the European zone I would expect a forward-thinking government to actively increase trade links with our relatively unscathed Scandinavian neighbours at virtually no extra cost.
Any comments from the Scottish government clarifying its reasoning would be much appreciated.