Has Danus forgotten? (Gordon Harmer)
Listening to BBC Radio Shetland on Friday evening I heard Danus Skene, the SNP candidate for the forthcoming Scottish election, proclaim he would hold an SNP government to account over matters pertaining to Shetland.
He seemed to be under the delusion that being an SNP back-bencher in an SNP government would give him some kind of super-human power over the SNP’s dictatorial leader.
Danus has conveniently forgotten the diktat which came down from high some time ago: “No member shall, within or outwith the parliament, publicly criticise a group decision, policy or another member of the group.”
In other words Danus as a back-bencher will sit down, be quiet, do and say exactly as he is told, as it has been so, both in Westminster and Holyrood, since Nicola Sturgeon took hold of the SNP reins.
Danus went on to say that the SNP had done good things for Shetland and singled out the appointment of an islands minister in the form of one Derek Mackay.
Mr Mackay has several portfolios and islands minister is just one of them, making this post a part-time position.
Having a part-time islands minister just shows the importance the SNP attaches to the Scottish islands.
Mr Mackay and his “Our Islands Our Future” initiative, which has produced nothing concrete after goodness knows how many meetings with islands leaders, shows just what the SNP government thinks of us.