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    Who Knows got a reaction from SMTC in Walking groups   
    The public health department at NHS Shetland organise group walks you could contact them for details of events they hold in different areas.
     
    http://www.healthyshetland.com/health-topics/exercise/walking
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    Who Knows got a reaction from Equality Street in Self-sustaining Shetland   
    Rewriting history to support an argument that is weak does no-one any favours.
     
    Scotland got its independence referendum because the SNP won the 2011 Holyrood election with an overall majority. Westminister recognised the democratic mandate given to the SNP and agreed via the Edinburgh agreement to the terms of that referendum.
     
    The predesent has this been established at Westminister and if the SNP are reelected to Govern Scotland they would have to recognise the mandate given to the duly elected MSP for Shetland. There is no evidence only supposition to the statement that a WS MSP will not be welcomed and respected at Holyrood.
     
    Where there is a will there is always away. If something is worthwhile then investing time in achieving that is never a waste. Every journey needs to start with one small tentative step and the world would look remarkably different if those renowned figures from history who stood up to the establishment had not done so.
     
    In a democracy were the electorate truely hold their elected representatives to account there will never be a guarantee you are re-elected however the sitting candidate does statistically on past evidence hold a slight advantage.
     
    Please remember the Westminister seat takes includes Orkney so would be harder for WS to win.
     
    WS have 400 members so no doubt it is conceivable one of them could have the ability and skills to be a fully functioning constituency MSP. The electorate will expect whoever is elected to forfull the full job description and support both constituents who voted for them and those who did not.
     
    The problem may appear to be WS is actually not clear upon what powers it wants for Shetland or at least what it will do with these powers if granted and thus unclear upon what to seek a mandate from the electorate?
     
    Not sure what WS gains from taking sides on Lib dem / SNP fight when neither will form part of an independent Shetland future. Only sure think is that WS will need to talk to whoever governs Scotland and whoever controls power at Westminister. Unlikely to be the Lib Dems given their current representation at both parliaments and poll ratings.
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    Who Knows got a reaction from brian.smith in Self-sustaining Shetland   
    Governments of all persuasions at both Westminister and Holyrood are probably guilty of not considering any of the Isles at the formation of their core policies.
     
    For example when the police service call centres were originally moved to Inverness was when they potentially lost the local knowledge. The same training those in Inverness were given are transferreble to elsewhere on the mainland.
     
    All Governments are guilty to varying degrees of the accusation that they centralise too much. Locally SIC are often receive criticism for being too Lerwick centric.
     
    WS if they want to win the debate need to concentrate on a positive campaign about the benefits and steer clear of political mud slinging in their message of another way is possible for Shetland.
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    Who Knows got a reaction from Roachmill in Self-sustaining Shetland   
    Governments of all persuasions at both Westminister and Holyrood are probably guilty of not considering any of the Isles at the formation of their core policies.
     
    For example when the police service call centres were originally moved to Inverness was when they potentially lost the local knowledge. The same training those in Inverness were given are transferreble to elsewhere on the mainland.
     
    All Governments are guilty to varying degrees of the accusation that they centralise too much. Locally SIC are often receive criticism for being too Lerwick centric.
     
    WS if they want to win the debate need to concentrate on a positive campaign about the benefits and steer clear of political mud slinging in their message of another way is possible for Shetland.
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    Who Knows got a reaction from brian.smith in Self-sustaining Shetland   
    I presume Wir Shetland would not want SIC to transfer the responsibility for the inter island ferries to the Scottish Government?
     
    Currently SIC receive around £6 million directly from the Scottish Government to run the inter island ferry service. The ferries in the Western Isles are directly run by SG arms length company Calmac.
    I believe WS favour a referendum on whether their should be fixed links or replacement ferries which if it is would be a positive step in the community deciding on a major investment project in the local infrastructure.
     
    There is also a sizeable subsidy built in to the Northlink Ferry contract and lessons would appeared to be learned from last tender as Zettrans involved in creating the service provision specification for the new tender.
     
    Only £21 billion of the £120 billion spent across the Uk in the NHS is funded form National insurance the rest is paid out of general tax and charges the Government makes.
     
    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/472142/National_Insurance_Fund_Accounts_Great_Britain_2014_to_2015.pdf
     
    In England if you earn more than £16,000 and do not qualify for an exemption you have to pay prescription charges which currently is £8.40 for a single item or for those on long term conditions £29.10 for 3 months or £104 annually.
     
    http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcosts/Pages/Prescriptioncosts.aspx
     
    However prescription charges were not brought in specifically to fund the NHS but to help fund a war. When the NHS was created in 1948 with the vision of providing free healthcare to all at the point of delivery there was no prescription charges. The founder of the NHS quit the Labour Government when they introduced prescription charges.
     
    To ask the people of Shetland to support the creation of an independent state/country these two subjects and taxation are areas people will want to know what the alternate other way has to offer over the status quo.
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    Who Knows got a reaction from George. in Self-sustaining Shetland   
    Wir Shetland to achieve its aims will need to gain electoral support from the people of Shetland to evidence a clear and democratic mandate to speak for the people of Shetland.
     
    If Wir Shetland are a serious movement they are going to have get their hands "dirty" and stand in elections as a political party with the aim to furtherance Shetland's best interest with the ultimate aim of creating an independent country.
     
    As much as some comments emanating from WS is SNP bad the reality is both organisations actually have the same principles at heart. One for Scotland as the country requiring more local democracy and the other Shetland.
     
    Irrespective of whether political issues stem from Westminister or Holyrood WS should just concentrate on is it in Shetland best interest or not. If they do not the polite message coming from WS is with due respect we do not believe this is Shetland best interest as to address the needs of Shetland we need ............... The need being the positive message about the alternative strategy or plan that address the local needs of Shetland to inform us about possible alternate solutions that address the issue from a Shetland perspective.
     
    U.K. and Scottish Government in the long term are not WS solution for Shetland however standing and campaigning to inform those that live here why Shetland autonomy is in my humble opinion the only way for WS to take forward the case.
     
    WS made a serious error by not standing in the forthcoming election. Registering a party is not exactly difficult given the numerous groups standing on the list votes across Scotland . Remember it took the SNP 80 years to get a referendum on their principle aim and then failed to convince the majority to support them.
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    Who Knows got a reaction from whalsa in Self-sustaining Shetland   
    Yes, the United Nations recognises the right of people to claim the right for self determination when this is the clearly expressed free will of the people.
     
    http://www.un.org/en/decolonization/declaration.shtml
     
    Democratic referendum following an open transparent discussion would be the best way to clearly state that claim of right.
     
    Currently unclear how Wir Shetland aim to prove there is a significant democratic support to hold such a referendum. The current election would have given Wir Shetland a platform to inform the Shetland electorate of what was being proposed and the opertunity discuss this via a democratic process including hustings what is the best local governance model for the island.
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    Who Knows got a reaction from George. in Alistair Carmichael memo leak and inquiry: should he resign?   
    The normal protocol is that conversations between foreign diplomats and any part of the Government in the UK or the opposition leaders is that it remains strictly private and confidential. The only normal exception is if they make a joint press release.
     
    Our MP excuse for a serious breach with tradition was that the content of the memo was in the public interest.
     
    Now if that is the case how can you determine it is in the public interest if you have not read it.
     
    It is a significant break of protocol to release the memo on the alleged conversation so authorising this without reading it to determine in your own opinion the likely varsity of the public interest test would be a very incompetent and foolish act.
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    Who Knows got a reaction from Windwalker in Night-time electricity supply   
    Do you have one meter that takes all the readings or multiple separate meters?
     
    If it's the latter you will pay a separate standing charge for each meter if you move off Hydro's Total Control tariff.
     
    You can switch to one meter to avoid this but you may require to re wire your fuse box to allow this to happen and you may be charged for the meter switch unless the meter are due for an upgrade.
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    Who Knows got a reaction from paulb in Alistair Carmichael memo leak and inquiry: should he resign?   
    The civil servant report that was leaked was a third party account of a discussion which in Scots Law is hearsay. As there appears to be confusion about this term please feel free to read the attached educational link on the subject.
     
    http://uk.practicallaw.com/books/9781845921651/chapter8
     
    Alistair Carmichael, first party confession, has admitted his guilty in this case in respect of not stoping his special advisor breaching the official secrets act and releasing an official UK Government document and then not being honest about his role in the leak to the media following questioning by channel 4 and others. Link in above posts in respect of Radio Orkney interview explaining in his own words his rationale.
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    Who Knows got a reaction from Capeesh in Alistair Carmichael memo leak and inquiry: should he resign?   
    The outcome of the independent Ministerial Review in connection with the EU statements you are referring to above can be found here.
     
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-20969143
     
    The review cleared the First Minister so your comments are either based upon misinformation spread about the case without verify facts or you just believe the SNP are bad and facts are irrelevant.
     
    Comments from the Liberal Democrat spokesperson yesterday would indicate lying as an MP, Cabinent Minister or Primeminister is standard practice and acceptable. Well Sir Malcolm Bruce is entitled to his opinion just like the rest of us but hopefully his professional political party colleagues do not consider that slander worth suing for in an English court of law as made in person at Radio 4 studios yesterday.
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    Who Knows got a reaction from Davie P in Alistair Carmichael memo leak and inquiry: should he resign?   
    Channel 4 news interview with our MP at the time of the leak.
     
    http://news.channel4.com/election2015/04/05/update-931/
     
    If after watching that you do not believe he deliberately misled the public difficult to know what further evidence you need.
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    Who Knows got a reaction from paulb in Election 2015/Shetland Times   
    Not sure what all this ethinicity of people is relevant as to why you trust or not someone. Trust is not based on ethinicity, genderor, religion or colour of shoes the individual wears.
     
    However for those that are interested in the predominate ethnicity in Shetland is predominately Nordic or Scottish will have their answer when the Viking study project produces its report soon.
     
    Their study in Orkney based upon the volunteers to the project found strongly in favour of Scots.
     
    Complaints are common that SIC are Lerwick biased, Holyrood is Glasgow biased, and Westminister is London biased whilst the reality is that in some issues they certainly are and some they are not and you cannot satisfy everyone all the time.
     
    Unanimity on who the best candidate or party to vote for will not be reached here. So best to vote for who you think best matches your principle or believes rather than opting out of voting.
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    Who Knows got a reaction from Suffererof1crankymofo in Election 2015/Shetland Times   
    Some Light comedy relief from the election but caution it may upset some sensative Labour supporters.
     
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pg49Ysjyads
    Moodie TV
     
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eK6t9IxoKCI
    Dateline Scotland
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    Who Knows got a reaction from Acid in Election 2015/Shetland Times   
    To be fair, the UKIP candidate, as reported by Shetnews, was up front that he would not be visiting Shetland during the election campaign due to work commitments and was primarily standing because he could find another volunteer to stand. He was not aware when he said that the count was taking place in Shetland.
     
    Alistair Carmichael did miss the Althing Debate but that was due to illl health which is a valid reason to call off at the last minute. No matter your political view it is perfectly acceptable to excuse a candidate for not attending a husting on grounds of an illness.
     
    The Conservative candidate also missed the Althing debate due to a prior commitment.
     
    As the safest Lib Dem seat in the country no-one realistically excepts anyone other than Alisatair to win. The result of this is other candidates need to remain mindful of how they will earn a living post 7 May.
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    Who Knows got a reaction from Suffererof1crankymofo in Election 2015/Shetland Times   
    To be fair, the UKIP candidate, as reported by Shetnews, was up front that he would not be visiting Shetland during the election campaign due to work commitments and was primarily standing because he could find another volunteer to stand. He was not aware when he said that the count was taking place in Shetland.
     
    Alistair Carmichael did miss the Althing Debate but that was due to illl health which is a valid reason to call off at the last minute. No matter your political view it is perfectly acceptable to excuse a candidate for not attending a husting on grounds of an illness.
     
    The Conservative candidate also missed the Althing debate due to a prior commitment.
     
    As the safest Lib Dem seat in the country no-one realistically excepts anyone other than Alisatair to win. The result of this is other candidates need to remain mindful of how they will earn a living post 7 May.
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    Who Knows got a reaction from Robert Smith in Election 2015/Shetland Times   
    To be fair, the UKIP candidate, as reported by Shetnews, was up front that he would not be visiting Shetland during the election campaign due to work commitments and was primarily standing because he could find another volunteer to stand. He was not aware when he said that the count was taking place in Shetland.
     
    Alistair Carmichael did miss the Althing Debate but that was due to illl health which is a valid reason to call off at the last minute. No matter your political view it is perfectly acceptable to excuse a candidate for not attending a husting on grounds of an illness.
     
    The Conservative candidate also missed the Althing debate due to a prior commitment.
     
    As the safest Lib Dem seat in the country no-one realistically excepts anyone other than Alisatair to win. The result of this is other candidates need to remain mindful of how they will earn a living post 7 May.
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    Who Knows got a reaction from sludgegulper in Local Food Reviews - Dining Out & Take Aways   
    I hear the canteen at the Gilbert Bain Hospital which is open to the public is reasonably priced and the quality of the food is normally good. It also comes with a sea view of Breiwick Bay.
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    Who Knows got a reaction from Aaron Foord in 100 Days to Scottish Independence Referendum   
    Putting things in a little perspective 1,775,045 people voted for the establishment of the Holyrood Parliament in 1997.
     
    On Thursday 1,617,989 people voted to make that Parliament the democratic home of an independent Scotland.
     
    That's equivalent to 91% of 1997 vote and is the third highest vote total in Scottish political history
     
    However 2,001,926 people voted against the proposition the highest ever vote for something in Scottish political history.
     
    Regardless of your views participatory democracy was the winner through creating the largest electoral register and voter turn out in Scotland ever.
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    Who Knows got a reaction from Scorrie in 100 Days to Scottish Independence Referendum   
    Putting things in a little perspective 1,775,045 people voted for the establishment of the Holyrood Parliament in 1997.
     
    On Thursday 1,617,989 people voted to make that Parliament the democratic home of an independent Scotland.
     
    That's equivalent to 91% of 1997 vote and is the third highest vote total in Scottish political history
     
    However 2,001,926 people voted against the proposition the highest ever vote for something in Scottish political history.
     
    Regardless of your views participatory democracy was the winner through creating the largest electoral register and voter turn out in Scotland ever.
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    Who Knows got a reaction from Scorrie in UKOK?   
    Further in other news NHS England running £500 million deficit in first 3 months revealed today.
     
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/nhs-in-crisis-english-health-service-runs-500m-deficit-in-just-three-months-9744702.html
     
    NHS funding increasing in England and really safe after all?
     
    http://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/reports---correspondence/correspondence/letter-from-andrew-dilnot-to-rt--hon--andy-burnham-mp-04122012.pdf
     
    Regards the change discussion management theory literature is full of books on how fear of change is the biggest obstacle in implementing changes in working practice or service redesign effectively and resolving this fear is the key to successful implementation of change.
     
    Uncertainty caused by poor or mixed messages in communicating the benefits or needs for change are amongst the primary causes of failure to delivery successful change.
     
    Hence the no campaign uncertainty message to breed fear of change and uncertainty.
     
    http://smallbiztrends.com/2013/09/implementing-change-programs.html
     
    Democratic vote has been counted and recorded in the history book.
     
    Delivery of promises, we can now only live in hope to see these tang able benefits that put all of us first.
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    Who Knows got a reaction from Scorrie in 100 Days to Scottish Independence Referendum   
    As previously advised chapter 4 of the UK referendum papers covers the UK view that at present accepts dual nationality so is basically the same as the Scottish Government
     
    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/274477/scotland_analysis_borders_citizenship.pdf
     
    There are plenty of people who hold dual nationality, one being that of a UK citizen and there are plenty of people who hold a UK passport but live in other parts of the world e.g. Spain is a popular retirement location and Hong Kong still has a few UK citizens living there so Scotland does not bring up anything new on that front.
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    Who Knows got a reaction from brian.smith in Currency Union?   
    Sorry but facts are facts he did say Scotland can use the £ so there is no misquoting.
     
    The only two things that are disingenuous regarding the currency debate are:
     
    1. Better Together and the UK Government official campaign literature saying vote Yes and you say goodbye to the pound!
     
    What they should have said vote Yes and there will not be any guarantee you will get a currency union.
     
    The £ is an international trade able commodity and the only way they could limit use of the £ would hit the city of London financial institutions hard and see a run on the £ resulting in significant exchange rate movement as it is devalued.
     
    2. Better Together and the UK Government official campaign literature arguing the same as Tonydog that Scotland will be defaulting on its debt.
     
    The facts as confirmed by the Bank of England is that legally 100% of the debt remains with the UK the link below confirms this as true position.
     
    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/270643/uk_debt_and_the_Scotland_independence_referendum.pdf
     
    Scotland does not inherit the debt but following a share of the assets is willing to take a share of the historic UK debt. However that is a side agreement between the rUK and Scotland because rUK will be solely paying those currently holding the debt.
     
    http://news.scotland.gov.uk/imagelibrary/downloadmedia.ashx?MediaDetailsID=1767&SizeId=-1
     
    So two key arguments in the no campaign are nothing but lies and distortion. So you Might wonder why people would vote no with such lies and deception.
     
    However for a lot of people why they will choose to vote Yes or No will having nothing to do with economic or monetary policy and nothing to do with the literature either side produce. Everyone will have their own core values, priorities and believes which they will use these to make their own considered judgement.
     
    Lastly Ghost rider is quite right in saying what a currency is called because it's just the modern way of bartering for goods in a standard tradable unit of measure.
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    Who Knows got a reaction from shetlandpeat in Parish Cup & Inter County   
    Whalsay this evening won this years Parish Cup Final 2-1. Well done to Whalsay.
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    Who Knows got a reaction from Equality Street in Lotto winners give further £2.5m to Yes   
    The Weir's have set up a charitable fund and put £5 million of the lottery funds in to that Trust.
     
    http://weircharitabletrust.com
     
    Their view on the issue was coved in a letter to the national press in response to comments made about their donations which really covers why they choose to donate in line with long term political believes.
     
    http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/lottery-winners-call-for-end-to-independence-smear-1-3402533
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