Seat is now a marginal (Robbie McGregor)

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Alistair Carmichael on his election as MP for Orkney and Shetland.

The margin of 817 votes has now given us the situation that Shetland is no longer a foregone conclusion for the Liberal Democrats and is now a marginal seat.

I thank everyone who voted SNP for their support and particularly pay tribute to Danus Skene and the SNP campaign team for their efforts in bring us so close to success.

Robbie McGregor
Shetland SNP
3 North Heights,


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  • Robin Stevenson

    • May 12th, 2015 21:36

    Hear hear Robbie

    Perhaps now that Ali C has the SNP breathing down his neck he’ll make much more of an effort to get the things done that he should have while in power?… Hmm…That said, being the ONLY Lib/Dem left in Scotland , I fear his work will be made considerably more difficult?

    Let’s hope the Lib/Dems have learned a huge lesson and NO longer try to demonise the SNP [again]? Otherwise they’ll be alienating themselves even further from Scottish popular opinion?

  • iantinkler

    • May 13th, 2015 7:56

    Just if anyone has any doubt about the arguments for or against the SNP, just have a quick look at “Facebook Yes Shetland” page. ( )
    Divisive, revolting and untruthful, see how many times the “Fu.k, word” features in the first few pages. Remember when you follow the Nats divisive agenda, just what human filth shares your passion!

    • Robert Duncan

      • May 13th, 2015 11:02

      The “f-word” is far, far less offensive than referring to ones fellow people as “human filth”.

    • Brian Smith

      • May 13th, 2015 13:02

      Mr Tinkler thinks that the rules he prescribes for others don’t apply to him.

  • John Tulloch

    • May 13th, 2015 10:53

    Funny you ahould mention that, Ian, only yesterday, Douglas Young and Ivan Coghill posted the following comments, in succession, about me on the Shetland News Facebook page which I feel typify the SNP response to criticism.

    When confounded in logical debate, they put up unsupported, disparaging statements about opponents. Mind you, I rather like that as it means I’m winning the debate.

    Since they obviously feel at a disadvantage on neutral ground, I’ve replied to Douglas that I’d welcome the opportunity to debate on their own home territory, the ‘Yes Shetland’ website and asked him to add me as a member.

    I will be a lone debater there against over 1000 SNP supporters in a forum in which he makes the rules and is the referee.
    The comments in question:

    “Douglas Young: John Tulloch is one of a band of six regular contributors who use bullying and personalizing behaviour, criticising everything and everyone, thus killing debate. Orkney does not have this problem.”

    “Ivan Coghill: John does not like the taste of his own medicine. He does not play by any debating rules. He invents “facts and figures” on a whim and is a general all-round rotter. Worse than this, and this is a helpful tip for you, John: you are becoming a bore.”

    I look forward to Douglas’s invitation.

  • iantinkler

    • May 13th, 2015 12:24

    Robert Duncan, read the “Yes Shetland” pages on facebook, The F word was referring to actual named people, alongside the term Bast>?, Di?>, Sh<t! on one occasion. Now, fortunately, rapidly being edited. I do not think I am alone in thinking people whom write such on the web and twitter, often anonymously as human filth. What term would you use, Mr Duncan? Remember, Facebook pages, are open to children! Now try “Yes Scotland.” if you have the stomach.

    • Robert Duncan

      • May 13th, 2015 15:30

      There is a lot of anger, much of it dreadfully misplaced. I don’t doubt there is nastiness and behaviour I would certainly not condone.

      But… to bemoan it in the same post that you use a phrase so thoroughly unpleasant as “human filth” is hypocrisy of the very highest order.

  • Haydn Gear

    • May 13th, 2015 12:33

    The use of inappropriate words and foul language belittles those from whom it comes. One major problem is that so much of it is prevalent in the media and this seems to be deemed acceptable. Of course, it could be that breadth of language skills passes by some people so they have no option other than to make frequent use of a limited vocabulary. Education ,education ,education !! Somewhere along the line cowboy Bush’s brother in war mongering got it wrong. Give that man a dictionary!!


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