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  1. I think it might surprise a lot of folk just how many people are in (a). One of the big problems is zero hours contracts, as they pretty much eliminate people from being abe to claim the "Top up" benefits, as there isn't a fixed weekly/monthly wage. Might be £400 this week, but only £100 next week. In that sense, a carefully structured UBI would certainly be a better system, so long as it still offers an incentive to work.
  2. If du reads da planning info, du will see yun wis a selective oot o context quote, and dat tourism and launch viewpoints (including disabled access to Lamba Ness) are an integral part of the project. Dunna believe anything on social media, check aathing yoursell den dir no mysteries
  3. Yuns da reference number for the official planning application, you can fin it here : https://pa.shetland.gov.uk/online-applications/ Decided to delete my follow up rant about how many folk these days bang on about "the man" doing everything behind closed doors when they've never been more open or easy to look through
  4. I find it hard to see how something published for all to see in the planning application, as you have made clear in your post, is in any way hidden from the public.
  5. I don't know where du got dat info fae but, whilst Shetland used ta hae a higher dan average wage in many cases, this is pretty rare these days. I winna go inta details as its a peerie place etc, but I keen first hand o both unskilled labour wark an HGV/Plant driving where companies on the mainland are offerin £2 or more per hour above the rates here. It's not a trivial amount. The boost fae the upsurge in construction here has really helped but it needs it aa yet. Even council wise, if you compare wi Orkney, let alone da mainland, similar posts salaries are considerably lower in Shetland. Ghostrider is right aboot some sectors dats fur sure, but its a difficult financial flow ta get up tae. Hospitality needs ta pay more, so charge more, but fok hae less ta spend and are less enthusiatic aboot travellin, so dir less comin in an so it goes. The level of minimum wage compared to rent and rates is proably the biggest issue however. Many folk simply can't afford to work, because they won't break even.
  6. Parcelforce is Royal Mail. Hendersons deliver for a few courier companies, no extra charges.
  7. Ok it wasn't supposed to be a detailed analysis, and I don't have a selection of tinned beans to work from even if I wanted to! The point is that most people don't buy cheaper products because they think they are better value for money, they buy them because they simply can't afford to buy a "better" option.
  8. This brings back memories of the old Chris Hodge debate years ago. Yes, if you can afford it, value for money is where it's at, but sadly more and more people and households are in the position, as I have been and have no shame in admitting it, where they know the brand name tin of beans would be better in every way, but it just isn't an option.
  9. I saw the first advert I had seen for an electric isles car a few weeks ago. £750 asking price. I canna wait for the next generation of Isles fixes. Yet another use for the trusty ZX Spectrum perhaps?
  10. Facebook haes the market cornered there!
  11. In the 60's and 70's "opposition" would have been "opportunity". And rightly so.
  12. I posted this on another thread but it's more approprite here : What would make this interesting to me is if the Alba party represent a fully independent Scotland, out of both the UK and the EU. If that's made clear, along with the SNP plan of trying to rejoin the EU, it will be interesting to see how it splits the vote.
  13. I think it has to go on where someone is registered to vote at the time. What would make this interesting to me is if the Alba party represent a fully independant Scotland, out of both the UK and the EU. If that's made clear, along with the SNP plan of trying to rejoin the EU, it will be interesting to see how it splits the vote.
  14. I've considered it since I was a teenager bagging up dead oiled birds on the beach. But just in a purely practical sense as you point out, it boggles my mind how folks can bang on about being sustainable but yet prefer to burn limited resources rather than use perfectly proven renewable ones. Perhaps part of the problem is that folks tend to have a disconnect or just flat out don't care when thinking of the environmental damage, or that its gonna be ages yet and something else will come along, but don't realise just how near we are to running so low the prices make it impossible, and just how far reaching the effects will be.
  15. @Ghostrider Good detailed post dere, and I am not goin to try to prove de wrong, but is du happy ta accept dat idder opinions exist? Similar ta de, I haven't hidden my views, which are that the construction is fantastic for Shetlands economy. I already keen wan young family thats been able to move back to Shetland because of dat alone and there are plenty more who will benefit. When they're finished, I accept some may see dem as an eyesore, but I canna wait ta see dem as I think dey look splended, and will really set aff da area. Da roads are already lookin brilliant! Finally, I believe everybody benefits fae dem when dey are up and running as its a huge amount of fossil fuels no longer being burnt, dat is indisputable. Sure, there could have been more finances directed locally, but thats always been secondary to the move to renewable (as opposed to green) energy for me. I just canna see any negatives. And I believe we are both right.
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