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  1. ^^The same was said to every single one of the 60 countries that've gained independence from Westminster rule. I wonder why none of them have ever asked to give it up again? They can't all be delusional can they?
  2. Is it safe to watch or listen to the BBC yet?
  3. The guy has worked wonders securing the investment and I, like most Shetlanders, support any inward investment especially in Unst where they've had to contend with the loss of the RAF base. When I first heard about planning being refused for what I thought was a few ruined buildings my first reaction was WTF??? Probably like most Shetlanders. but... The developers knew the site was a scheduled monument, it was given this status years before Shetland Space Centre was even thought about. Former WW2 radar stations the length of Britain have been given the same designation. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know there was going to be significant obstacles developing on it. Whether you agree or not with the designation, once it's been given HES is bound by law to try and protect them. I read various politicians quoted as being stunned, surprised, disappointed etc and slamming HES for the decision but they're just following rules that've been set out in law. The surprising and disappointing thing for me was why didn't the developers consult with HES earlier? They seem to have done the environmental due diligence well but neglected this side of it until it was so far along they've had to cobble together something that evidently hasn't satisfied HES. Maybe they'll find a compromise, maybe Scottish Ministers will overturn the decision on appeal, maybe they'll stick it a mile down the Unst coastline, who knows?? I do hope it goes ahead though.
  4. They only applied for consent on the 2nd February this year and it states in the HES portal decisions take 8 weeks. Link...http://portal.historicenvironment.scot/decision/900032088 Look at this motion in the Scottish Parliament welcoming the decision to locate a Space Centre on Unst, more than half the cross party support came from representatives of the Scottish government. https://www.parliament.scot/chamber-and-committees/votes-and-motions/votes-and-motions-search/S5M-23102 Same in Westminster. https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/57618/creation-of-shetland-space-centre It seems to me the problem isn’t some far-fetched conspiracy, more an issue of bad planning from Shetland Space Centre.
  5. Another obvious flaw for the conspiracy theorists who believe this is some heinous Holyrood plot is the Skaw Radar Station was designated a monument of national importance back in 2012, way before there was any mention of firing rockets into space from it. Link...http://portal.historicenvironment.scot/designation/SM13097
  6. If this is some plot by the Scottish Government to deny Unst a space centre why does Historic England also designate former WW2 radar stations as monuments of national importance? Link...https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1020544 Could it possibly be true that the only people politicising the decision are those who are trying to blame the Scottish Government for it?
  7. The way I read it is Holyrood only gets involved if the planning rejection is appealed. Is this not right?
  8. Interesting development with Alex Salmond and others setting up another indy supporting party to stand on the list in the May election, the big questions are...Will they secure enough votes to pick up seats and who will they take seats from if they do? Every party, including the indy ones, are in full panic mode so who knows what’ll happen?
  9. People who live and work here - Yes People who don’t - No Simples
  10. Agreed, the roundabout seems to work fine, even at the busy times around 5 o'clock weekdays I can get the way I want to go whatever direction I'm travelling. On foot crossing at the sound exit seems easy enough, Could they use traffic lights and pedestrian crossings near the approaches, maybe, not sure, it might make things better. What are they proposing?
  11. Stupid decision, at the start of the pandemic there was several examples of major outbreaks on cruise liners. The Spanish Flu more than a century ago was spread with troop ships going to the Western front. Will we ever learn from our mistakes?
  12. £2.6 Million for this Downing St media room renovation???? The old Hamnavoe Hall looked better than this, all it's missing is a dozen electric bar heaters around the ceilings!
  13. Doffing the cap to a family of privileged toffs is completely mental.
  14. Never understood the idea that the Royal family should be kept to keep the tourists coming in. For the money these spongers are on we could build a theme park in every town and village in Britain, I'm sure that would bring in more ££££ than looking at the locked gates of Buckingham Palace or Balmoral, we could even keep the soldiers with the Bearskins for the photo ops if we wanted too, they're only on around 28k a year.
  15. One of the problems is the way the national grid charges suppliers is way out of date when you take renewables into consideration. This link explains it better than I could... https://thecommongreen.scot/2016/09/12/grasping-the-grid/. The gist of it, as far as I understand it, was it made sense before renewables to build the infrastructure close to population centres and take the fuel to them, (coal, oil, gas,uranium), the further away from those massive power stations and population centres = higher infrastructure/transmission loss costs = suppliers have to pay higher charges to supply the grid. This gives suppliers an incentive to build their power stations closer to the people who use the most. This is completely turned on its head when it comes to wind generation. Looking at the maps of transmission charges for suppliers and who pays most for electricity, links... https://images.app.goo.gl/zkzYWEd6Yyq6dMiS7 https://images.app.goo.gl/W8TwvB71hcu4D3By8 It seems to me the elephant in the room for our council looking for change in the way electricity is charged is a political one. If you superimposed the map where electricity is cheapest and the map where suppliers have incentives to build power stations against a map where most MP's are elected my guess is there would be a convergence which means persuading any UK government, Tory or Labour to change the status quo would be problematic.
  16. You don't find it strange that billions of ££££ of our money was funneled to tory chums with no experience in PPE?
  17. The covid PPE procurement scandal is corruption on an epic scale. When we break the law we expect to be fined or jailed, not so it seems if you're in government, nowadays they don't even have the decency to resign. https://goodlawproject.org/news/
  18. The countries that have succesfully eliminated the virus have shut their borders with strict quarantine measures on arrival for anybody wanting entry, anything less doesn't seem to work, the Faroese example in Muckle Oxters link suggests a single test on arrival definitely doesn't work, the twin negative tests 6 days apart has been more succesful but as Colin says it's still not enough to guarantee 0 cases without some kind of quarantine in place. Personally I think they're going to stick with suppression and continuing to put measures in place to try and keep any new strains at bay until a large proportion of us are vaccinated.
  19. EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zones) are for independent sovereign states not autonomous regions. For example the 'Falkland Islands EEZ' is the UK's EEZ, The 'Faroese EEZ' is Denmark's EEZ. If Scotland won independence they would have their own EEZ. It's up to the sovereign independent state to decide what they want to do with their EEZ. The big fat lie that Wir Shetland tried to fool us with is this... "Mr Tulloch sets out a case for autonomy based on Shetland’s “unique” position as an island group, that would see Shetland controlling the resources of its own 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). This would include the vast bulk of fossil fuels and a majority of the most productive fishing grounds at present in the UK EEZ." link here...https://www.shetlandtimes.co.uk/2015/12/28/wir-shetland-sends-explanation-to-islands-minister I remember saying on here to supposed supporters of Shetland autonomy that we'd have more chance of a Faroese style of autonomy in an independent Scotland and was shot down in flames, then lo and behold a few months later I see Leslie Riddoch, a vociferous supporter of Scottish independence and admirer of the Scandanavian approach to government chairing a meeting in Shetland about Shetland autonomy.
  20. I can understand our council using Scottish independence to try and leverage more funds from central government whether it's Edinburgh or London. I think playing the two governments against each other is a high risk strategy and the people doing it are way out of their depth but that's just my humble opinion. What I really don't like is being sold a pup with pie in the sky promises. One being the bizarre belief that autonomy means the UK government would suddenly forget about the £2.5 trillion debt and bankrupt English councils and take the revenues they currently collect and blow annually from the waters around Shetland and gift them to us. (copyright Wir Shetland).
  21. Lets have a look at how the UK government treats councils in England to see if our council is onto a winner with Boris... https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-55754882
  22. How come the areas of the country that provide a surplus charged the most for electricity? https://images.app.goo.gl/FdqCCV7FjXoVYNXD8 and...Why are grid transmission charges higher the further you get from London? https://images.app.goo.gl/BpjzPjgFrV29Y6m46
  23. They're thinking about training Space Cadets in Unst now? Am I the only person waiting for the punchline?
  24. An independent Scotland could copy Denmark, on all measures their pension system scores better than ours, now I think of it, why stop there? The small independent Nordic countries seem to do everything better than us.
  25. The UK has the lowest state pension in the developed world, if all those countries can manage it why can't we? https://www.ageuk.org.uk/latest-news/articles/2017/december/lowest-state-pension/
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