I see that the Scottish government is cutting funding to Shetland Islands Council by 5.1 per cent, much higher than the norm and where there is evidence on a UK scale that poorer rural regions subsidise richer urban ones.
This is clearly linked with SNP policy that outside the Orkney and Shetland island communities ferries are subsidised to road equivalent tariffs.
The excuse that the services are longer ignores the facts that the Stromness-Scrabster route is shorter than that from Ullapool to Stornoway and that internal service (except the Fair Isle service) are shorter than many of those in the Clyde and all to the Hebrides.
Are the SNP sending a message that unless we vote SNP in the coming election to the Scottish Parliament and in future local elections we will continue to be discriminated as a matter of pork barrel politics?
The SNP are centralising power in the central belt, not only in the police but in NHS Scotland’s dictat to Yell that the new doctor could not hold services outside Mid Yell as the poor and old from Fetlar, Cullivoe and Burravoe can easily get to Mid Yell even if they are carless.
The public transport is known to be as frequent and convenient as in Livingstone where the decision was made by a car-owning manager. This is a centralising SNP government example of its care for Shetland.
If we want the SNP not to exploit Shetland for the central belt as it has claimed Westminster has used Scottish revenues from oil and gas (much of it from Shetland) since the 1980s; we must vote SNP as we alone cannot stop the SNP – so Shetlanders should be exploited for the Scots.
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