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Letters: “The democratic deficit”

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The democratic deficit

Let’s take a step back and escape from the election hullabaloo for a minute and look at what unites us all when it comes to voting. In Scotland the Tories poll around the 25% mark and in Orkney and Shetland this goes down to less than 10%. It would seem therefore that three quarters of the electorate in Scotland and 9 out of ten voters in Orkney and Shetland want to see a progressive left of centre government.

When you look at the detail of policies on the economy, health, housing etc you could argue that the LibDems, Labour and the SNP are very similar in outlook, apart from major constitutional issues.

It is a stark reality then that we will, in all probability (if the polls are to be believed), wake up on December 13 to a new Tory Government lead by Boris Johnson. We will be ruled by the most right-wing government in all of our lifetimes.

This democratic deficit is untenable. Just imagine we were able to have the government we all want. A progressive society where we care for our young and elderly, with decent public services but where businesses can thrive. It is possible. We just have to look across the water at our neighbours in Scandinavia.

Voters in the rest of the UK south of the border do not want this. Labour heartlands are now voting Tory. Unthinkable in Scotland. They want an inward-looking type of Nationalism that we do not. It has become evident that there is only one way to achieve a truly progressive internationalist society in Scotland and this is through independence. More and more people are beginning to realise this and voting SNP on December 12 is the first step we can take to achieving a fairer society for all.

Iain Malcolmson, Shetland


There are 6 candidates standing in the Orkney and Shetland Constituency to be held on Thursday 12th of December.

David Stephen Barnard, Independent

Alistair Carmichael, Scottish Liberal Democrats

Coilla Anne Drake, Scottish Labour Party

Jennifer Fairbairn, Scottish Conservative and Unionist

Robert Fraser Leslie. Scottish National Party (SNP)

Robert Watt Smith, The Brexit Party

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  1. Well put Iain, I just wonder if the word has got back to Jackson that he has a ‘Maverick’ on his candidates’ list? Like most of the audience in Mareel on Monday night and then the Radio audience in Shetland and Orkney last night we all wondered which Party Jennifer Fairbairn was actually representing? Funny old world especially if you are ?????, LOL.

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