Elect the right people (David Cole)

I suppose we in Shetland should be proud to lead the way in maximising the use of our natural (wind and sea) renewable resources.

Of course as we become more and more cynical these days we suspect that it is happening here because the mechanics and installations will impact less on the sensibilities of our countrymen on the mainland.

But it is a challenge and an opportunity for Shetland, led hopefully by a more down to earth and money conscious council to ensure that the islands and it’s inhabitants benefit to a maximum.

Politically we should not be told to be independent from the rest of the UK if we don’t want to. And financially to the greatest extent possible.

But the most important thing will be to elect an enterprising but politically sound council. It is up to the people of Shetland to place their votes wisely and effectively and elect the right people. It does no good to moan after the event.

David Cole


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  • ian tinkler

    • April 9th, 2012 8:40

    David,”It does no good to moan after the event.”, so we should all meekly acquiesce to a dictate from Salmond and his lackeys to accept Viking Energy. To do nothing whilst Shetland’s unique environment wrecked to make a few wealthy men richer. “Bad things can only happen when good men do nothing”. I for one will fight on, so will many others, a battle is lost, this fight is not over.

  • Gordon Harmer

    • April 9th, 2012 16:06

    Ian it does no good to moan after the event, is something you should take on board if you seriously want to be considered for the next council. In the past you have moaned and better moaned about the council you helped to elect, a totally negative attitude. An attitude you are replicating in your campaign for election to the next council, making yourself in the eyes of many unelectable. I would love to hear what the man who knows every thing about every thing has to say about the things that are important to the Shetland electorate other than the wind farm and Alex Salmond. Things like council waste, fuel prices, care for the elderly and ferries, bridges or tunnels but to mentioned a few.

  • ian tinkler

    • April 10th, 2012 10:09

    Gordon Harmer, I truly thank you for your comment. It will be the people of West Shetland who vote, with me or against it really is their choice. I will welcome their views and respect their opinions, whatever they are. My web site will soon be up and running so leave your criticism until then, then you will have an informed opinion. I am sure you will have much to say. I look forward to that. Incidentally with a man of such powerful and informed views as yourself, why did you not stand? I assure you inside the cauldron , if a little hot, is much more fun than sniping from the outside. That’s the coward’s way.

  • Gordon Harmer

    • April 10th, 2012 15:04

    Ian I don’t have the problems with the present council, unlike you, but when I did I stood for the council, I did not get in but I stopped someone else getting in so mission accomplished.
    So you only respect the views and opinions of the people on the West of Shetland, quite a narrow minded view for a council candidate. As the decisions you make as a councilor will effect every one in Shetland, North, South, East and West.
    Ian maybe you had not noticed but we live in a democracy and I have a right to criticize you as a council candidate just as you have a right to criticize the present council. You have put your self in the public eye by standing so expect criticism it is part of the job, the last council got more than its fair share from you.
    As for sniping from the outside I could learn a lot from you. I am of the belief that if I vote someone into the council and they perform badly I am as much to blame as them, I hope the people of the west side realize this.
    My previous comment was a bit critical but I would like to hear your views on the matters I mentioned. I like to hear from people who are critical of Salmond and his non policies but one can get to much of a good thing.

  • ian tinkler

    • April 10th, 2012 17:43

    Just have a bit of patience, Gordon; my Website will be up in a few days. If constructive, I will welcome your critisms and comments, which I am sure, will soon follow. I know most are in good humor. I am sorry if the issues I have written about to date are boring you. They are just the issues people of Aith, Tresta and Wiesdale appear most concerned about. I will use your comments, criticisms and jibes to forward and promote my views wherever possible. If I sow just one seed of doubt in one persons mind about the needless exploitation of the environment, win or lose the election, I will have achieved much.

  • John Tulloch

    • April 10th, 2012 17:54


    In the recent past when Ian challenged the statements and actions of the present council you castigated him for that, conferring sanctity from criticism on council deities. You said he had no right to criticise the wonderful, self-sacrificing individuals who arrived in happy circumstances purely by accident and that he should stand for the council instead of criticising those valiant souls who had stepped forward for the good of the community….

    And now that Ian is standing and you’re not, you’re telling him to expect criticism from YOU since it is “part of the job”? That doesn’t seem to stack up?


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