I'm afraid the evidence from Devolution is that life for Shetland under an independant Scotland, whatever political party is in control, would be unbearable.
It's bad enough now but with full unleashed control/power I shudder to think what that would mean for Shetland.
You know only a parochial and small minded person with little, if any, experience of the world (or a false representation) would come out with dirge like this. Unfortunately there is a small section of Shetland society who live in such a Mickey Mouse Disney world, with a wholly falsely manufactured view of themselves and life in general. People who have so little experience of anywhere else that they take such a view and believe that they represent something that is more important than it is. It's small mindeness that places Shetland as the centre of the universe, when in fact we are merely part of it.
Explain how exactly devolution has been so sh1tty for Shetland. How exactly is life "unbearable" under devolution?
Wide sweeping hysterical comments like this really have no place in a mature debate yet as said, there is a small but vocal section of society here, who have this sort of view. The reality is, Shetland under devolution is no worse than a Shetland ruled from London. In fact in my opinion Shetland has in fact done rather well from a devolved Scotland. Things in my mind would be far worse under London, for whom 25,000 people mean very little. At least Edinburgh know we exist.
Let's call this quote as it is. An entirely unmerited, modern derived and ingrained hatred and vitriol for the rest of Scotland borne out of some false victimhood and grievance for issues that don't exist or haven't existed since the mists of time.
So, Shetland really has done so badly under devolution has it? So awful as to be "unbearable"
We have for year on year been voted the best place to live, the safest place to live, the longest living place, one of the highest earning places to live, much of it supported by large Scottish government support for the hard work and ingenuity of those of us who have set up businesses here, in the form of generous financial help.
Only small thinkers and parochial people with little experience of the rest of the country cannot see how well Shetland has done in comparison to most of everywhere else. I know, I've lived there. The things people are writing letters complaining about. The cuts and reductions in services today, may have a point, but these things bear little relation to the realities elsewhere in the country. The type of things we are fighting for today have long been lost elsewhere or in many a case never even existed in the first place but do so here.
This doesn't not mean we should not fight for them but simply that this persecution complex needs a reality check. We have done well.
In all of this Kavi Ugl and their ilk need to just admit they have a unhealthy and unfounded prejudice against the rest of the country based within some misplaced and nasty nationalistic self congratulation of how wonderful their Disney world Shetland is. They need to grow up politically and take along hard look at their underlying xenophobia.
People with such underlying hatred for our fellow country folk have no place in this debate. They are simply negative.
Shetland is a wonderful place and special, but it isn't more so than anywhere else. But I love it. It is an amazing life to live and place to be. We do so much and have so much. It is by no stretch of the imagination unbearable under devolution and is in no way at a disadvantage because of devolution. Silly really.