I gather the Liberal Democrats are circulating “hand-written” letters from Tavish Scott asking Labour and Tory voters to vote Lib Dem to keep out the SNP.
I think tactical voting is all wrong. We should vote to make the change we want, not to prevent change we don’t want.
If you want SNP, Labour or (dare I say it) Conservative then that’s the way you should vote. Then the end result is a true representation of the will of the people.
I want to build up the Labour vote in Shetland again. I believe Labour are the party who can do most to address the problems Scotland faces after nine years of SNP rule – the attainment gap in our classrooms, the pressures on our NHS, the housing crisis.
They have a fair scheme of taxation to support their plans, which will raise £1.2 billion for investment in public services (about four times as much as the SNP will raise).
I also believe that Labour is the party that can do most to thwart the Tories in Westminster, and I personally hope it will be under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.
Finally, I think that I have the energy, enthusiasm, and life experience to do a good job representing Shetland in the Scottish Parliament.
So vote for who you want on 5th May (but remember, responsibility doesn’t end at the ballot box).
Shetland Labour candidate