The Althing’s debate “Shetland’s Future Lies in an Independent Scotland” on Saturday night was not only a superb piece of timing, being planned months ago, but a sell-out, having to decant from the school to the hall. There is obvious interest in the political future of Scotland’s place within the UK, and Shetland’s place within Scotland, but what was more telling is that the motion was only defeated by eight, 52 against and 44 for. With 17 still undecided, there is all to play for.
While the electorate continues to be insulted by all three major parties in Westminster as to why we should wish to run our own country, it made a refreshing change to be told by the debaters that it’s not for money, nor to be separate from the UK, nor due to any anti-English sentiment, but to be a more socially cohesive and fairer society, with different values and aspirations, from those of the current political make-up in London.
We have been told many times by the UK government, that after trying for 300 years to rule our economy, England still has to subsidise us; time to give the citizens of Scotland a go don’t you think?