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    audi-ya-do got a reaction from The Cleaner in recycling (kerbside waste collection)   
    I have always believed in recycling. Growing up, in the Midlands, most people were into the oldest form of recycling- scrap metal. There was also the bottle deposits, take a pop bottle back and you got 10p. I remember me and my mates going along the canals and parks etc picking up empty pop bottles to get the deposits on them. The point being we were rewarded for recycling not punished for not recycling.
    A lot of the environmentalist attitude is just smug people wanting to feel like they are doing something to save the planet. Years ago there was a program on channel 4 or 5 about this whole issue. They took 3 families from three tiers of society Working class, middle class and upper class. Then looked at their lifestyles and worked out how ecological they were. The surprise was that the working class family were the most eco friendly, even though they didn't recycle or take part in any overt eco activities. However they had a cheap car with a smaller engine, kept it longer (82% of pollution from any car over a 20 year average lifespan is in it's manufacture!) and worked closer to home. Mainly stayed in the UK for holidays etc, etc. The worst was the middle class family who jetted off on holiday 3 times a year, owned two huge cars (any typically commuted further to work than the low class'). However they recycled everything but again often travelled miles in a big car to recycle just a small amount of stuff.
    My point is storing paper and card releases methane (which is a lot worse than CO2 for the atmosphere) Then they plan to put  it onto boats south, these use huge amounts of fuel just to go to Aberdeen. Transport off the other end. Even then it takes energy to recycle the product at the end of it's journey. How can this all be more ecologically friendly than disposing of it here at the incinerator? 
    If we want to recycle we need to follow the German examples, make all plastic bottles and packaging recyclable and put deposits on them so people get something back when returning them. Same with glass (Most bottles in Germany go back to the companies that supplied them to be inspected washed and refilled, if damaged to be recycled) 
    Last point when we say "Saving the planet" we mean saving ourselves! Even if nuclear Armageddon happened today and killed every living thing on Earth- the Planet will Still revolve around the sun, the Solar system will still swirl in the Milky way. The Universe couldn't care less if there is life here or not.  
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    audi-ya-do got a reaction from Claadehol in Arming the police   
    Well said, Brochbuilder, and with dignity too. I always like to see both sides of an argument laid down. We should never be closed off to other opinions and ideas. It is up to us, as individuals, to read and hear others arguments and decide whether we feel them relevant or indeed logical. Only two things in Human existence have created change...      ...Talking and conflict, unfortunately most change has been created through conflict. I'd always prefer talking, personally with fighting as a very last resort. 
     I personally don't see the need to arm ALL police officers, but agree that a few well trained, and well vetted officers should carry firearms. I said that in my first post on this subject. I have personally seen too many police officers acting brutishly toward members of the public, to believe that the majority are trustworthy enough to be given such powers.
     However I welcome your views.
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    audi-ya-do reacted to Claadehol in Arming the police   
    Well audi-ya-do, I've been hauled in by the police a few times, I never gave them any flak, nor did
    I receive any, seems to work both ways.
    We are very lucky indeed in this country with the police force we have. Having seen police in action
    abroad I can state that categorically as a fact.
    But hey! nothing is perfect.
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    audi-ya-do got a reaction from wotsit in Arming the police   
    Brochbuilder you seem to live in a lovely insulated little world, I hope it continues that way for you. However those who live in the real world can vouch that MOST police treat those their meant to defend with contempt. When a simple warning would suffice, these officers bring the full weight of the law down on people, talk and treat them like dirt. This just makes people turn against the police, not just the people directly involved but family and friends too. This in turn looses the respect of the public and erodes our faith in the system set up to "Help us". 
    I will concede that there are some very, very good officers. I've had dealings with some and this few certainly help make up for the many. We just need more good officers and weed out the bad. In my findings, however, if we disposed of all the bad officers in one go there wouldn't be enough good ones left to guard a palace pisspot!
    You also make your points over and over again as in your last post. I spent some time in the forces and saw action a few times. I don't complain or make a big deal of it - IT'S WHAT I SIGNED UP FOR!!! Just as those who serve in the police. If that part of the job is too much for them THEY ARE IN THE WRONG JOB. It's like your justifying how they treat people and are perceived by many (read other articles and there are more against the police than for them.) because of the lower, base tasks they have to perform. To me that just proves that type of officer is not mentally suited to the career they've chosen. When you join the police you should already understand a few things, you'll have long periods of boredom, the very people you want to help sometimes won't want it, sometimes you'll see and experience things civvies tucked up at home won't ever comprehend, and it's a thankless job most of the time. If that's not for you or after joining you feel the urge to take these things out on others find another job!
    Every time someone says something against the police you say " he seems to despise the law for some reason. Seems to
    think everything is the fault of the state." or something similar. People who have weak arguments usually fall back on this type of narrative. It's a mildly clever way of trying to make one feel guilty for comments they make so they back off. 
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    audi-ya-do got a reaction from Nigel Bridgman-Elliot in recycling (kerbside waste collection)   
    I have always believed in recycling. Growing up, in the Midlands, most people were into the oldest form of recycling- scrap metal. There was also the bottle deposits, take a pop bottle back and you got 10p. I remember me and my mates going along the canals and parks etc picking up empty pop bottles to get the deposits on them. The point being we were rewarded for recycling not punished for not recycling.
    A lot of the environmentalist attitude is just smug people wanting to feel like they are doing something to save the planet. Years ago there was a program on channel 4 or 5 about this whole issue. They took 3 families from three tiers of society Working class, middle class and upper class. Then looked at their lifestyles and worked out how ecological they were. The surprise was that the working class family were the most eco friendly, even though they didn't recycle or take part in any overt eco activities. However they had a cheap car with a smaller engine, kept it longer (82% of pollution from any car over a 20 year average lifespan is in it's manufacture!) and worked closer to home. Mainly stayed in the UK for holidays etc, etc. The worst was the middle class family who jetted off on holiday 3 times a year, owned two huge cars (any typically commuted further to work than the low class'). However they recycled everything but again often travelled miles in a big car to recycle just a small amount of stuff.
    My point is storing paper and card releases methane (which is a lot worse than CO2 for the atmosphere) Then they plan to put  it onto boats south, these use huge amounts of fuel just to go to Aberdeen. Transport off the other end. Even then it takes energy to recycle the product at the end of it's journey. How can this all be more ecologically friendly than disposing of it here at the incinerator? 
    If we want to recycle we need to follow the German examples, make all plastic bottles and packaging recyclable and put deposits on them so people get something back when returning them. Same with glass (Most bottles in Germany go back to the companies that supplied them to be inspected washed and refilled, if damaged to be recycled) 
    Last point when we say "Saving the planet" we mean saving ourselves! Even if nuclear Armageddon happened today and killed every living thing on Earth- the Planet will Still revolve around the sun, the Solar system will still swirl in the Milky way. The Universe couldn't care less if there is life here or not.  
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    audi-ya-do got a reaction from tooney1 in recycling (kerbside waste collection)   
    I have always believed in recycling. Growing up, in the Midlands, most people were into the oldest form of recycling- scrap metal. There was also the bottle deposits, take a pop bottle back and you got 10p. I remember me and my mates going along the canals and parks etc picking up empty pop bottles to get the deposits on them. The point being we were rewarded for recycling not punished for not recycling.
    A lot of the environmentalist attitude is just smug people wanting to feel like they are doing something to save the planet. Years ago there was a program on channel 4 or 5 about this whole issue. They took 3 families from three tiers of society Working class, middle class and upper class. Then looked at their lifestyles and worked out how ecological they were. The surprise was that the working class family were the most eco friendly, even though they didn't recycle or take part in any overt eco activities. However they had a cheap car with a smaller engine, kept it longer (82% of pollution from any car over a 20 year average lifespan is in it's manufacture!) and worked closer to home. Mainly stayed in the UK for holidays etc, etc. The worst was the middle class family who jetted off on holiday 3 times a year, owned two huge cars (any typically commuted further to work than the low class'). However they recycled everything but again often travelled miles in a big car to recycle just a small amount of stuff.
    My point is storing paper and card releases methane (which is a lot worse than CO2 for the atmosphere) Then they plan to put  it onto boats south, these use huge amounts of fuel just to go to Aberdeen. Transport off the other end. Even then it takes energy to recycle the product at the end of it's journey. How can this all be more ecologically friendly than disposing of it here at the incinerator? 
    If we want to recycle we need to follow the German examples, make all plastic bottles and packaging recyclable and put deposits on them so people get something back when returning them. Same with glass (Most bottles in Germany go back to the companies that supplied them to be inspected washed and refilled, if damaged to be recycled) 
    Last point when we say "Saving the planet" we mean saving ourselves! Even if nuclear Armageddon happened today and killed every living thing on Earth- the Planet will Still revolve around the sun, the Solar system will still swirl in the Milky way. The Universe couldn't care less if there is life here or not.  
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    audi-ya-do got a reaction from Auld Mossyface in recycling (kerbside waste collection)   
    I have always believed in recycling. Growing up, in the Midlands, most people were into the oldest form of recycling- scrap metal. There was also the bottle deposits, take a pop bottle back and you got 10p. I remember me and my mates going along the canals and parks etc picking up empty pop bottles to get the deposits on them. The point being we were rewarded for recycling not punished for not recycling.
    A lot of the environmentalist attitude is just smug people wanting to feel like they are doing something to save the planet. Years ago there was a program on channel 4 or 5 about this whole issue. They took 3 families from three tiers of society Working class, middle class and upper class. Then looked at their lifestyles and worked out how ecological they were. The surprise was that the working class family were the most eco friendly, even though they didn't recycle or take part in any overt eco activities. However they had a cheap car with a smaller engine, kept it longer (82% of pollution from any car over a 20 year average lifespan is in it's manufacture!) and worked closer to home. Mainly stayed in the UK for holidays etc, etc. The worst was the middle class family who jetted off on holiday 3 times a year, owned two huge cars (any typically commuted further to work than the low class'). However they recycled everything but again often travelled miles in a big car to recycle just a small amount of stuff.
    My point is storing paper and card releases methane (which is a lot worse than CO2 for the atmosphere) Then they plan to put  it onto boats south, these use huge amounts of fuel just to go to Aberdeen. Transport off the other end. Even then it takes energy to recycle the product at the end of it's journey. How can this all be more ecologically friendly than disposing of it here at the incinerator? 
    If we want to recycle we need to follow the German examples, make all plastic bottles and packaging recyclable and put deposits on them so people get something back when returning them. Same with glass (Most bottles in Germany go back to the companies that supplied them to be inspected washed and refilled, if damaged to be recycled) 
    Last point when we say "Saving the planet" we mean saving ourselves! Even if nuclear Armageddon happened today and killed every living thing on Earth- the Planet will Still revolve around the sun, the Solar system will still swirl in the Milky way. The Universe couldn't care less if there is life here or not.  
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    audi-ya-do got a reaction from wotsit in barred but apparently blameless   
    The other point I'll make is that people usually plead guilty, not because they are, but that the "justice system" is set up in such a way as to get you to plead that way. If you plead guilty early you get a lighter sentence, and that sentence increases dramatically if you go not guilty but are found so later on. Even then be under no illusion that all the Sheriffs court is there for is to make money, NOT justice, and your sentence is made before you even walk into court. If you don't believe that you can find the PF and Sheriff regularly together discussing cases before they even enter the court. Quite frankly there is usually no justice but that you make yourself.
    If you have an individual who appears to be well known for his abusiveness then surely the police were aware of him, but they seemed to wait till someone stood their ground. Then go after that person for showing that the police were incapable of keeping people safe to the point where the provoked have to take action. The police always act harshly against vigilantly type acts, but if they did their jobs properly people wouldn't feel like they have no choice but to do something in the first place.
    I wonder how many people would plead not guilty all the way if the sentence was fixed from the beginning (i.e. £1000 fine if you go guilty straight away, but still a £1000 if you go not guilty and were found guilty by the court.) to make it fair. But then the courts may start costing money and not making it...
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    audi-ya-do got a reaction from Frances144 in Lerwick town centre   
    I can only give answers to why I don't go to the street too often. These are:
    -Parking and driving around Da Street can be a nightmare.
    -All there seems to be are eateries and empty shops with a few shops in between.
    -Prices and choice e.g. Christmas went to get a weather station, for my meteorological mad wife, only found one shop with them in   stock. However their price was £90 for a basic setup, got exactly the same make from sooth, but top of the range, for £70 delivered! 
     
    On another note I know of two shops who shut their doors and I quote "Because of paying fees to a useless town centre committee was hurting them."  I would question the legitimacy of living Lerwick to levy fees if you do not want to be a member.
     
     Just an idea why doesn't some community body put out a couple of online surveys. one for shoppers and a separate one for retailers/ex-retailers off the street. Find out confidentially why the street is failing. STOP guessing at the reasons and then you may have a chance to fix the problem.
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    audi-ya-do got a reaction from Suffererof1crankymofo in Less than honest police   
    Well sukibind you obviously missed the point. I don't say ALL police are like this. But evidence was changed in my case, I know because I was there when the alleged statement was made, what they claim I said I never did. I then find out later on that one of the key witness statements was altered too, with things added and removed, I believe this because the same officers did exactly this to me. If other people on here, and elsewhere, have had similar experiences then this shows it's not a one off (Check out YouTube for other instances). Also do a search for Ali Dizaei and infamously Timothy Evans. The police do sometimes determine guilt before a court decides, and slant evidence accordingly. All the police are meant to do is gather evidence, in an unbiased manner, to present to the Fiscal or CPS if south of the border, for them to deem if there is a case.
     
       What worries me is that if this happens more often than people suspect, which it probably does, then the damage to the police is immense. As stated in the original post, I can't bring myself to talk to the police now, there is just no trust there. About four months ago I witnessed a less than safe driving manoeuvre where a motorist almost knocked a cyclist off their bike. A few days later police were appealing for witnesses, but with what I feel right now I couldn't come forward. This is a case where just a year ago I would have. The witness in my case feels the same right now too. That's two people now unwilling to give information or help to the police.
     
       I was in a uniform myself when I was younger and agree with ghostridder, you get a chance to back out early if you find it's not for you. It was an honour for me to to do my job when in uniform, and took the job very seriously. Also it still looks like too many of the wrong type of people are recruited to the police, psychologically. 
     
       Yes there are bad parts to the job, traffic duty, drunk duty, etc, etc. This however, in no way gives certain officers, carte blanche to do what they like. It is after all the job they chose knowing the things that may happen, and the routine of the work.
     
       Hopefully, Sukibind, you won't ever have to feel what it is like to be on the wrong end of a police investigation. Truly I mean that, it is a horrible feeling knowing that you are being stitched up like a Saville row suit, and not being able to do anything about it. This has been one of the worst experiences of my life. But here's the thing, like you, I never thought this would happen to me either. So if you think this can't happen to you, it can. I really just hope it doesn't. 
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    audi-ya-do got a reaction from fionajohn in Less than honest police   
    After an incident this year. I was just wondering whether any one else out there has had dealings with the police where the police have, how shall I put it, been less than honest. I know things I said to the police had bits added and removed to make me look worse. Also the witness who was with me had the same done to them too. Obviously I won't mention names or what the case was. Also I am not looking for sympathy or support merely an interest in others opinions. This has probably damaged my trust in the police beyond repair. I know I have not come forward with information, when the police were requesting help, since this happened to me. Just wondering if anyone else has had the same experience in Shetland.
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    audi-ya-do got a reaction from BigMouth in Affordable Housing   
    On any level positive discrimination is the worst type. You discriminate against a large majority who meet certain criteria for a minority who meet none but one e.g. education, wealth, culture, religion the list goes on and on. This then increases the majorities anger against the wrong people-those who they see receiving positive discrimination not the ones who impose it. In turn this leads to calls against the majority, for voicing their anger against such policies, as racists, bigots, zealots etc.  How to push anything unfair through legislation is to say those opposed to it are racist, homophobic, etc. You'll see the level headed majority then back off as they don't want those sort of labels-but this then creates simmering, silent, resentment deep down, not a good thing.
    Housing is a basic need of ALL people, along with clean water, heat, and food. As such ALL applicants for social housing, should be treated to a set criteria regardless of race, creed, culture, religion, sexual preference, prison term, addictions, or even length of time in that area, or anything else. That is why it is called  SOCIAL HOUSING.
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    audi-ya-do got a reaction from Frances144 in Compulsory Life Jackets for Fishermen   
    Years ago I was on a Navy vessel participating in an exercise in the North, North sea. How true it was I don't know, but we were told that with the water temperature at that time of year, if you went overboard you'd got about 3 minutes before hypothermia set in and 10 minutes with a survival suit on. However your life jacket could help prevent you from drowning instantly by taking a big gasp, on hitting the cold water, due to hydro thermal shock. Suppose this is the same scenario as lifejackets on civil aviation flights-to locate the bodies once in the water.
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    audi-ya-do got a reaction from wotsit in Affordable Housing   
    On any level positive discrimination is the worst type. You discriminate against a large majority who meet certain criteria for a minority who meet none but one e.g. education, wealth, culture, religion the list goes on and on. This then increases the majorities anger against the wrong people-those who they see receiving positive discrimination not the ones who impose it. In turn this leads to calls against the majority, for voicing their anger against such policies, as racists, bigots, zealots etc.  How to push anything unfair through legislation is to say those opposed to it are racist, homophobic, etc. You'll see the level headed majority then back off as they don't want those sort of labels-but this then creates simmering, silent, resentment deep down, not a good thing.
    Housing is a basic need of ALL people, along with clean water, heat, and food. As such ALL applicants for social housing, should be treated to a set criteria regardless of race, creed, culture, religion, sexual preference, prison term, addictions, or even length of time in that area, or anything else. That is why it is called  SOCIAL HOUSING.
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    audi-ya-do got a reaction from Ghostrider in Affordable Housing   
    On any level positive discrimination is the worst type. You discriminate against a large majority who meet certain criteria for a minority who meet none but one e.g. education, wealth, culture, religion the list goes on and on. This then increases the majorities anger against the wrong people-those who they see receiving positive discrimination not the ones who impose it. In turn this leads to calls against the majority, for voicing their anger against such policies, as racists, bigots, zealots etc.  How to push anything unfair through legislation is to say those opposed to it are racist, homophobic, etc. You'll see the level headed majority then back off as they don't want those sort of labels-but this then creates simmering, silent, resentment deep down, not a good thing.
    Housing is a basic need of ALL people, along with clean water, heat, and food. As such ALL applicants for social housing, should be treated to a set criteria regardless of race, creed, culture, religion, sexual preference, prison term, addictions, or even length of time in that area, or anything else. That is why it is called  SOCIAL HOUSING.
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    audi-ya-do reacted to Ghostrider in Affordable Housing   
    Yes, in what is quickly becoming the Scots government trademark, of instead of addressing the flaws and shortcomings of what was basically a reasonable idea, their "solution" was to go to the opposite extreme.
     
    "Right to Buy" had a lot going for it, for both tenant and landlord and its a pity to see that go. Where it fell over was little attempt was made to ensure only houses over a "certain age" were the ones that could be sold, the discount given was excessive, especially those who qualified for the higher end of it, properties were on the whole valued far too low, and most importantly no help, support or encouragement was forthcoming from any Government to replace the houses being sold on.
     
    So now thanks to the "wisdom" of the Scots, we've cut off a supply of housing which gave a lot of folk the only chance they were ever likely to have of getting on the property ladder, and lumbered landlords with a increasingly ageing stock, with the much faster escalating repairs/refurb bills that accompany such things.
     
    Thanks very much Scots Gov. for condeming far more people to a lifetime of paying rent, and ensuring that new builds are minimised as the repairs/refurb bill steadily rises consuming more and more of available capital, while the folk live in increasingly outdated houses.
     
    Ahh, but i forgot, Holyrood is a den of Socialism where ownership of anything unless by the state is dispproved of, and that we should all be good little subjects and do, and say and think exactly what they tell us we should. I wonder where they have planned to send dissidents and political prisioners to when they'd tightened their grip enough to do such things, maybe they'll re-open a few coal mines in Fife to be the Scots equivalent of the Siberian salt mines.
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    audi-ya-do got a reaction from whalsa in Affordable Housing   
    You think rent's aren't artificially high here, look at the accommodation section on this site...
    ...£900 per month for an ex council house in Brae. I would guess more than double the council rate for a similar property. In my experience, over 11 years, there is a huge lack of reasonably priced rented properties in Shetland.
     However rents have risen in most places in the UK as more people are priced off the property ladder. But I would hazard no where has seen such a rise as Shetland, especially in the lower end, lower spec properties.  
    For the average people on average wages this ties you into renting forever. As, when like me, you spend over half your income on rent  you can never put enough money aside for legal fees and a deposit on any house.
     Just a thought to government: Offer 100% loans, to people who rent, to either buy or build a house then pay it back as rent over 20 to 25 years (with a small amount of interest added) after that time the deeds become yours. If you leave within that time then you are treated as if you just rented it and some one else gets the chance, on the same scheme, to buy the property in the same manner.
     Offering £2000 towards buying a £200000 to £300000 home is just ridiculous. If I had enough money to buy a £200000 house what difference would £2K make to my decision???
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    audi-ya-do got a reaction from thebfg in EU   
    The United Kingdom (Regardless of member country) Has voted to leave the EU. Politicians are supposed to represent and uphold, the majorities wants and needs. Again the United Kingdom has voted, unanimously, to leave the EU. In my opinion ALL politicians now should work together, in the majorities interests, to secure the best possible exit deal it can.
    It is only natural, when you have worked so hard for something, to feel let down and disappointed when it does not go your way. But this is a politicians job and like any other work there are bit's of it you won't like or even agree with. Just like any other job however you have to get your head down and get on with it to the best of your ability.
     Anything other than working towards this goal is just like the school yard bully, used to getting their own way, finally being stood up to and running of sniveling that "It's not fair!"
    If  your goal as a politician is not to help this great country move forward- Find a new line of work because you obviously aren't cut out for this one!!!
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    audi-ya-do got a reaction from Urabug in EU   
    The United Kingdom (Regardless of member country) Has voted to leave the EU. Politicians are supposed to represent and uphold, the majorities wants and needs. Again the United Kingdom has voted, unanimously, to leave the EU. In my opinion ALL politicians now should work together, in the majorities interests, to secure the best possible exit deal it can.
    It is only natural, when you have worked so hard for something, to feel let down and disappointed when it does not go your way. But this is a politicians job and like any other work there are bit's of it you won't like or even agree with. Just like any other job however you have to get your head down and get on with it to the best of your ability.
     Anything other than working towards this goal is just like the school yard bully, used to getting their own way, finally being stood up to and running of sniveling that "It's not fair!"
    If  your goal as a politician is not to help this great country move forward- Find a new line of work because you obviously aren't cut out for this one!!!
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    audi-ya-do got a reaction from orkneypaul in EU   
    The United Kingdom (Regardless of member country) Has voted to leave the EU. Politicians are supposed to represent and uphold, the majorities wants and needs. Again the United Kingdom has voted, unanimously, to leave the EU. In my opinion ALL politicians now should work together, in the majorities interests, to secure the best possible exit deal it can.
    It is only natural, when you have worked so hard for something, to feel let down and disappointed when it does not go your way. But this is a politicians job and like any other work there are bit's of it you won't like or even agree with. Just like any other job however you have to get your head down and get on with it to the best of your ability.
     Anything other than working towards this goal is just like the school yard bully, used to getting their own way, finally being stood up to and running of sniveling that "It's not fair!"
    If  your goal as a politician is not to help this great country move forward- Find a new line of work because you obviously aren't cut out for this one!!!
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    audi-ya-do got a reaction from whalsa in EU   
    The United Kingdom (Regardless of member country) Has voted to leave the EU. Politicians are supposed to represent and uphold, the majorities wants and needs. Again the United Kingdom has voted, unanimously, to leave the EU. In my opinion ALL politicians now should work together, in the majorities interests, to secure the best possible exit deal it can.
    It is only natural, when you have worked so hard for something, to feel let down and disappointed when it does not go your way. But this is a politicians job and like any other work there are bit's of it you won't like or even agree with. Just like any other job however you have to get your head down and get on with it to the best of your ability.
     Anything other than working towards this goal is just like the school yard bully, used to getting their own way, finally being stood up to and running of sniveling that "It's not fair!"
    If  your goal as a politician is not to help this great country move forward- Find a new line of work because you obviously aren't cut out for this one!!!
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    audi-ya-do got a reaction from lastpubrunner in Promote Shetland, is it a lost cause?   
    Does anyone else read the stories of Promote Shetland and feel as though it is a poorly backed venture? Here's my quick take on it's three key area's.
    1) Live in Shetland: I love my Island home, but lets see a few broader issues here. Where are people to live? There is a huge lack of rented accommodation here and a lot of the stock is way over priced, Although the prices may come down with the gas plant completion. Most people who would want to live here would nearly always want to rent until certain of stopping here. However those that want or can buy, then a lot of houses are now more expensive than those south, where you get cheaper shopping, fuels, electricity, choice etc, etc
     
    2) Work: On the whole work is the only item of Promote Shetlands agenda that is reasonable, but if your needing people from outside of Shetland to help fill job's then it is useless without the cost of housing and the cost of travel coming down.
     
    3) Travel and tourism. Two in the same really. The cost of getting on and off Shetland is ludicrous. I've had family have a two week package holiday in Portugal for the cost of return flights only to Shetland!!! The cost of getting here is also the main reason for people not to come here, trust me I've asked. But what happens to tourist's when they get here, to answer that here's a direct quote from a relative "...however we won't be coming back, never paid so much for petrol, airfares, accommodation, food, everything. How do you afford to live there Bro?"
     
    Without better infrastructure and investment into living and visiting in the Isles Promote Shetland seem's like the biggest waste of money since Olaf the Stupid ordered 500 Longboats with holes in the hull to reduce weight!  
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    audi-ya-do got a reaction from Da Burra Shop in New door-to-door driveway sellers   
    I used to work for WHD plant, out at the Black Gaet, and can tell you two things:
    1. I've seen first hand the poor and shoddy work done by bad contractors (Willsons being just one company) and know the quality of the local contractors doing this work, If it's going to take local guy's a while to get your drive done it's for a reason-they're busy because they're GOOD and TRUSTED!
     
    2. I can't speak for other local contractors, but WHD never made that much profit from doing domestic driveways. Tarmac and Asphalt are expensive, running a truck or two is expensive, paying decent wages to local workers is expensive, buying and maintaining plant equipment is expensive, finally paying Tax and VAT is expensive. I know from experience that the one business I worked for would NEVER rip people off.
     
    The simple fact is fly by night's may be cheaper but they have to cut corners to be cheaper-use your imagination and decide where they cut the cost of your driveway.
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    audi-ya-do reacted to Urabug in Illegal immigrant's and refugees.   
    Speak for yourself Capeesh, I feel very sorry for all those people but I'm not going to let compassion rule over my common sense.
     
    Many things have to be taken into consideration.
     
    These folk require houses,jobs and transport to these jobs,health care,education,also additional security as we do not know them or there background  ect ect, at a time when our councils and other services are being cut to the bone due to austerity measures can we really provide the necessary support.
     
    We in Shetland already have many folk waiting on the houseing list,to see anyone getting priority over those already waiting is not fair and could result in animosity.
     
    Would the migrants be eligible for employment benifits, sickness benifits, while our own jobless and sick struggle to survive or even qualify as it is.
     
    Of course we have a number of folk already who "sponge" our welfare system and I'm not implying that any of these migrants would not be willing to work but what if they can not find work. They have to survive,so they have to get money from somewhere.  My tax your tax. 
     
    One might put up someone in a spare room "free gratis" for a night or two,but take these poor folk in and you might well have to tolerate them for quite a while, after all they have no where to go.. Ok if it is people you get on with perhaps. Brave to take that risk.
     
    A small temporary camp is what is required in the hope that many will go back to rebuild there own countries when eventally there is nothing left to destroy and the conflicts ends.
     
    It is my belief that to intregrate all these different religions and ways of life expecting harmony is a bit like pouring vinegar into milk and expecting the milk not to curdle.
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    audi-ya-do got a reaction from Itchyfeet in Illegal immigrant's and refugees.   
    I'm glad to see the response of some local's towards the crisis that is going on in Europe at the moment with the Illegal immigrant's and refugees. I would guess, that with around five hundred local people desperate for affordable accommodation in Shetland,  that all of those who are campaigning to welcome these extra people in are going to give them room and board at their own homes. I take my hat off to you, for opening your doors and homes to people you can not check up on and could be anywhere between respectable and a terrorist, you are truly generous. I hope to see a list on Shetlink and in the Shetland Times of those offering room and board to illegal immigrant's and refugees, in your own homes, with what you have available over the coming week. 
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