Continuing to plunder (Andy Holt)

I see that the local branch of the Scottish National Party is warning of the danger to Shetland’s fishing industry posed by the Brexit negotiations.

Iain Malcomson is correct; there can be no guarantees where settlements with the European Union are concerned.

However, we can be absolutely sure of one thing. If the SNP is successful in pushing for, obtaining and winning yet another “once in a generation” referendum on independence, EU boats will continue to plunder the seas around these islands and an SNP government will be helpless to do anything to stop them.

Membership of the EU has led to the near total destruction of the British fishing industry and there is every reason to believe that this process will continue as the waters around Scotland become the sole target for foreign boats.

Andy Holt
La Mandorella,


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  • ian tinkler

    • October 31st, 2016 3:23

    What a glorious piece of utter hypocrisy from SNP Shetland convener Robbie McGregor and new press officer Iain Malcolmson calling for the SG/SNP to have devolved control of EU negotiations over the fishing industry “to protect Shetland fishing”!!!. One thing that must be utterly apparent to all is that the SG/SNP has no wish whatsoever to leave the EU and would go to any lengths to maintain the unhappy European Union. That Union would continue and maintain the status quo with the EU fleets left free to continue plundering Shetland and UK fishing grounds. Judging from the appearance of SNP Shetland convener Robbie McGregor and Iain Malcolmson in their photo in The Times they are having a great laugh together. Such a shame if that laugh is at Shetland fishermen!


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