Whit isna democratic aboot it? A democratically elected government has done whit governments should do - med a decision for the good of the majority. Some folk dunna lik it, but dat's democracy fur you.
Does du expect every decision to go tae a public vote?
Which democratically elected government made what decision and when? There's been an awful lot of slipping things through on a wing and a prayer by any route possible that didn't involve the democratic process and avoided a straightforward democratic decision. The nearest it ever go to facing the public and them having their say on it directly was at an SIC planning meeting, when surprise, surprise they nodded it through dismissing the advice of their own planning experts and objections from the public.
The 'for the good of the country' bit is very much open to debate. There's very little argument that its for the good of the profits of the developer/operator as nlong as it remains so heavily subsidised that regardless whether it produces enough power to make any difference to anything or not, and to a few landowners who are now being paid handsomely for previously worthless (to them) land. Others, maybe not so much.
Its a massive project in proportion to the rock its being put on, the nature and character of Shetland will be irreversibly changed either materially, visually of both for at least 50% of the isles, its buget is equally massive, and includes a not inconsequencial sum of Shetland's money. If that isn't enough to justify a referendum where the all the folk involved have the final say yea or nay, then I don't know what would be.
The Council had no problem whatsoever throwing out the plans mooted for a super quarry in the north mainland some years back on, AFAIK, effectively visual and disturbance to residents grounds........ The quarries to build VE aren't going to fall all that short of cumulatively being comparable to the mooted super quarry......such a complete U turn then some by the 'powers that be', frankly, stinks something rank.