“If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.” (Jim Rohn).
Every Shetlander’s future depends on education. Shetlanders have shouted loud and clear that education must be the priority. The wrong road has been embarked upon with the “same percentage cuts” across all departments regardless of their function. That was a political decision and political decisions can and must be revisited when evidence of this magnitude is presented.
I know there are councillors who have recognised this for some time and are working to put in place cuts that will preserve a core belief that defines us as Shetlanders – “our bairns are our future, our priority”. That’s leadership with a vision and integrity.
It has taken education to show us we are on the wrong “same percentage cuts” road. Prioritising is the message from the electorate, the electorate councillors are there to serve.
This refresh must stop now for the education, health and wellbeing of the children and ultimately for Shetland’s future.
So to our councillors I say, I believe you are listening and today you can show you are hearing the will of the people.