A few years ago, when I was writing letters to The Shetland Times in opposition to the proposed music venue and cinema, while the council were talking about closing schools, I made a remark that has apparently now come true.
I said that there would be no bonus for pensioners by the time I got to retirement age because of the way money was being wasted, and guess who gets their state pension next January? As for the bonus – forget it!
I am sure I will manage without the bonus, but I was disgusted by the proposal that any money should go to the working poor.
Not everyone in Shetland made money from Sullom Voe and it should be remembered that the people who still deserve to get the bonus were the “working poor” for many years before oil came to Shetland.
Native Shetlanders in their 70s, 80s and 90s, some of whom lived through a war, worked hard all their lives for very little and are now facing cuts in services in a bid to save money. They should continue to get the bonus for the remainder of their lives as a mark of respect.
If the administration of the scheme is a problem, I’m sure there are many council employees, who find their workload reduced with the closure of schools and cuts in other services, and would be glad of the chance to pass their working day doing something as rewarding as this.
I admire councillors Allison Duncan, Andrea Manson and Amanda Westlake for their attempts to preserve the bonus, but a few others have gone way down in my estimation and I certainly will not vote for them at the next election.
It’s funny how you always think when a new council is elected: “Oh, well they can’t been any worse than the last lot.” And quite sad how wrong you can be.
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