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  1. I thought that politicians on both sides of the argument lied in equal measure. Only a complete idiot would have believed more than two words that any of them spoke. I used my personal judgement (right or wrong, who knows?) to vote the way I saw fit. As for price hikes. That's just 'capitalism' at work. Not that it sits well with me as a lot of the rises are 'because we can' and not 'because we have to'. Gas doesn't really cost any more to get out of the ground. It doesn't have to be 'produced' as such. Just tighten the supply and increase the price. Oldest trick in the book. The problem with the NHS is that it has been a political 'football' for decades. It also suffers from a lack of any real boundaries in who, or what it treats, and because of this, it has been abused (to a degree) by patients. It has lost it's way. However, selling the choice bits off to the highest bidder is, imho, NOT the best way forward. Who on earth would want an Americanised 'for profit' NHS where the choice can be, quite literally, between a lifetime of debt, or death. Far better to pay a little extra in taxes and keep the money grubbing parasites out. Yes, I know that we already have a 'for profit' medical sector where you can pay (often the same doctors etc.) for early treatment etc. Why are these people allowed to use NHS facilities? If you want to pay twice, go ahead, it's your choice.
  2. How do you know who I voted for last ? I'll give you a clue though, it wasn't krankie's ding-a-lings.. Anyway, I have long ago realised that if a politician isn't outright lying, then he(she) is doing their damndest to avoid telling the truth.
  3. No, it doesn't bother me too much. I expect ALL poiticians to lie !!!!
  4. So, David Davis was lying then ? Who would have guessed that a politician would have been a little 'economical' with the truth ? I wonder what we ever did for stuff before Wilson/Heath signed us up to the Common Market ? Anyone who ever thought that getting out of the whole mess(?) without some pain 'should have taken a little more water with it..'
  5. Restrictions on the many for the benefits of a few ? You have to ask just how many rockets they intend to launch to justify closing off access to Lamba Ness... ? I would have thought that some kind of periodic restriction was necessary, but a permanent restriction would benefit nobody. Is it possiblle that the launches might present some kind of opportunity for tourism ? How about a view point for enthusiasts(?) to watch from, and a published schedule ?
  6. The problem is that the minium wage has become the 'going rate' for many jobs.
  7. Minimum wage + 60p (pence) is hardly going to make the earth move. It's only £20 or so for a full 40 hour week. Even less for those on 'zero hours'. IMHO, it is NOT a living wage.
  8. Sorry, but I am pretty well familiar with the local employment market. Maybe you should try taking a closer look. I know quite a number of people who struggle on minimum wage BECAUSE the cost of living is higher up here. I also know a few employers who pay the minimum wage BECAUSE that is the minimum that they have to pay. The result is that the minimum wage employees have to claim some of the various Government top ups/allowances that are available. I would be happy if anybody could explain to me just why the taxpayer, in general, should have to subsidise/top up the wages paid by some employers. As for 'slavery', if you cannot make ends meet in a low paid job, then it IS economic slavery. OK, folk have an opt out in so much as they can choose not to work at all, and depend on the state to keep them alive. Given some of the 'zero hours', 'minimum wage' jobs around here, who can blame them? Why bust a gut working some anti-social hours job only to be looked down on by your customers who are, somehow, 'better' than them. Nobody really wants to live on 'hand outs' and EVERYBODY is entitled to a fair days pay for a fair days work.
  9. I don't think that it's quite fair to blame Brexit for all the employment woes faced at the moment. Truth is that hospitality in particular has always been a rubbish career(?) with transient workers, long antisocial hours, and low pay. Other long hours, low pay occupations are also suffering as well. East Europeans (and before them, transient Aussies/Kiwis/Jamaicans) did those jobs because many of our own people were not (and are not) willing to put up with such a poor lot, and honestly, why should they put up with minimum wage jobs just to pay their rent when they are better off (financially) by not working. Don't forget, we abolished slavery a long time ago, and we shouldn't expect people to break their backs for little or no real compensation. Cheap unskilled labour is (hopefully) a thing of the past. The good thing that is likely to come out of this is that employers are going to be obliged to charge a little more and pay a decent wage, or shut up shop.
  10. Colin

    Council Debt

    I think that the whole problem the SIC has managing it's finances is that it can't. Their whole approach to the problem seems to be a smoke and mirrors excercise. eg; Lets save some money by closing the Bus Waiting Faciity, some Public Toilets, the pensioners Lunch Club etc.. What happened to the staff? did they get re-deployed? If so, then I fail to see where they saved any money. It was nothing more than a paper excercise. As for councillors who are afraid to address the problem(s) in case they get voted out I would suggest that, if this is the case, they do not deserve to be councillors in the first place, and that they should be voted out. It's not a popularity contest. As for the officials, if they cannot do their jobs properly, then they should be booted out and repaced with people who can deliver.
  11. https://www.shetlandtimes.co.uk/2021/08/18/council-lurching-into-a-crisis-duncan-says I'm a bit surprised that nobody has commented on this.!! Mr Duncan might be marmite to some people, but at least he tries to make a difference. I wonder when the SIC might try and do what most locals seem to be doing.... LIVING WITHIN THEIR MEANS.... although, after so many years of above inflation rent increases, a large number of council tennants appear to be struggling to do so. Ultimately, the SIC's debt is OUR debt. When is the next election ?
  12. https://www.shetnews.co.uk/2021/08/27/economic-development-chief-challenges-co-op-assumption-on-rural-shop-impact/ But, will the planning committee take any notice, or is it done deal? I'm neither 'for' or 'against' either development. Just wondering how much 'diligence' will be applied.
  13. Looks like you got sh*t on one way or another..
  14. Don't know if this would apply up here. https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/birds-sully-rats-feeding-court-21357427 Seems that some local authorities are trying to tackle it.
  15. OK, didn't realise that his son was the head baker. Thanks. As for the quote.. Why not, don't Tesco do something similar?
  16. Fair comment but who's to say that, as the current owner is kicking the butt end out of 70, he will not jack it all in anyway sometime soon? The Co-op, and others of a similar ilk, have no empathy towards existing business. Hoping for such is pie in the sky. It's all about money...
  17. Flying Rats and natural scavengers. Nowhere near as bad (generally) as they used to be, although they do tend to gather where there is food available. Anyone else remember the days when 'Sea Crown' was moored at the Victoria Pier, or when the harbour was full of fishing boats? It was a bit of a nightmare. Fish Factories were another magnet, and not just to gulls! Perhaps your neighbour sees them as a very efficient way to dispose of household food waste? I could easily be wrong but, I thought that you could be 'done' under some kind of Public Nuisance legislation for deliberately attracting them. Not an easy one to push though.
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    To launder 600 million, he would have to deal with some pretty dodgy people, and would spend the rest of his life looking over his shoulder.
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    Or, possibly, that the hacker realised that 600 million was going to be way to difficult and dangerous to dispose of. He was a marked man in that respect. Something about the whoe story doesn't seem to ring 'true' with me.
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    Trying to buy their money back, I guess... To me, the worrying thing about all these fancy virtual currencies is that they are just that, "virtual" in so much as they do not really exist as anything more than a "concept". If the power goes off, you're broke.... In fairness, most other currencies are the same. Just promises on bits of paper. Where is the "real" wealth, I wonder.
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    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58163917 Food for thought... ?
  22. Fair comment but, often, the so called 'little guys' don't help themselves. Scalloway already has two fairly decent shops. Both are pretty well stocked/run and the staff are always friendly and helpfull. However, pricing seems to be an issue, and most customers are looking for value for their spend. eg; Cigarette filter tips. OK, it's maybe not the best example but, it is one that irritates me personally. Co-op in Lerwick charges £1 per packet. Shop 1 in Scalloway charges £1 per packet. Shop 2 in Scalloway charges £1.50. Why the 50% extra markup in Shop 2? (They also charge a bit extra for ciggies etc. ) Are they trying to drive smokers out? If this was the only incident, it could be accepted, but it isn't, and it's not to defficult to see which one would be most hurt by the addition of an extra store. Shop 2 is already being 'hurt' as it is very rare for me to by just tobacco stuff on it's own as I nearly always buy something else as well, and that happens in Shop 1. Personally, I have no intention of traipsing down to the East Voe for anything at all unless I have no other option, but will continue to buy my filter tips at Shop 1. A new store would be goods news for folk living around the East Voe and would also help those living on Trondra/Burra. How much, I don't know but you can bet that somebody has tried to work it out. Everybody is talking about the effects of an extra shop, but nobody is really considering the customer here. It's up to the smaller guys to compete for their footfall. Only time will tell if a new store would be a success.
  23. https://www.shetnews.co.uk/2021/08/09/new-supermarkets-would-have-no-impact-on-smaller-shops-developer-insists/ I'm not for or against either development but, I think that the first paragraph of this article is so plainly 'wrong' and misleading that it beggars belief. How can the opening of a new store have no 'detriment' towards existing establishments? Are they trying to convince us that there is a pool of potential customers with unspent money just lying around for them to hoover up? etc. etc. etc. It is plainly obvious (to me anyway) that any customer who switches allegiance from one store to another will have an impact on the 'loser'. Maybe they are just going to magic up some new customers for these stores... Problem solved...
  24. Colin


    Somebody is probably going to make a fair bit of money out of it. Odds are that it will NOT BE YOU. To many cash savvy crooks in there for comfort I think.
  25. Particularly as they couldn't be bothered to show up for the unveiling of the Shetland Bus Memorial a few years back. Not 'important' enough I guess.. PS; I wonder why you refer to him as a 'fool'?
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