Despicable attitude (John Tulloch)
Given the despicable attitude of the SNP government to the council’s request for justice following their seizure of the SIC’s housing support grant from London paid – in good faith – via Edinburgh specifically to compensate SIC for building houses during the 1970s oil boom, it’s little wonder the SNP Shetland branch is “sae blate” these days.
Well done, local SNP politician Iain Morrison for plucking up the courage to publicly support the campaign to write off the £40 million debt incurred by SIC at government’s request during the 1970s oil boom. Too bad his branch colleagues have “gone to ground”.
As a Shetlander living in Argyll, unaffected by SIC spending cuts yet incensed by the £40m debt injustice, I am dumbfounded that so few Shetland residents have so far signed The Shetland Times petition.
Watching the signatures coming in over the last three weeks I’ve been shocked to see only three people out of the thousands of relatives, friends, acquaintances, colleagues and class-mates I knew during my 40-odd years in Shetland signing the petition.
Is the legacy of “down-treading” of the Shetland population by Scottish lairds so complete that my own generation, many of whom masquerade as Viking warriors, meekly accept the seizure by Alex Salmond of London’s housing support grant to the SIC?
The reign of terror of Scottish earls and lairds was ended by the great English Liberal William Gladstone when he enacted the Crofters Holdings (Scotland) Act – at Westminster – in 1886.
How ironic then that no sooner have they gained power than Scottish SNP ministers in Edinburgh have moved to exact “tribute” from Shetland tenants. And that’s “before” we have voted “yes” to giving them more power!
Is our “mortification” so complete that we meekly allow the SNP to keep the interest payments from London on our £40m housing debt? That we can’t even muster the fury to sign a petition delivered on line and in the paper to our houses?
Think of that next time you sing:
“When the fight for freedom rages,
Be strong and bold as they.“
Get aff your backsides and sign the petition!