“We can’t spend our precious time and energy on this planet trying to save another country from itself. Westminster has made its choice. Let’s, for once, launch a lifeboat of our own.”
The original trams idea predates the SNP’s period as Scotland’s government. Indeed, having become the minority government in 2007, and with the trams legislation up for discussion, the party actually voted against it and wanted to spend the money on dualling the A9, as they stated in their manifesto ahead of the Holyrood election.
Emma Roddick MSP: “The Scottish Child Payment – unique in the UK – has lifted 50,000 children out of poverty”
“The Scottish Child Payment has supported 765 Orkney children over the period of its existence so far, bringing £793,765 into the islands.”
Electric hydrofoil passenger ferries and Scotland’s Programme for Government – what lies ahead for Orkney ?
Today, the numbers we were talking about – the exporting of forty bottles of whisky per second, the incredible contribution of farming to Scotland’s GDP – are now very much a mainstream discussion. It’s hugely encouraging that promotion of one of Scotland’s greatest success stories is being championed widely.
Mike Robertson of Yes Orkney, which is affiliated to Believe in Scotland, was part of the steering group involved in drawing up The Route to Independence Statement, which was published at the weekend.
Gerry Hassan and Alec Ross in conversation at the Gatehouse of Fleet Big Lit Festival 2023.
“Labour’s position is that we can’t mitigate against poverty because we’re skint. But resource allocation is the ultimate political choice. “
As so often, here a single case speaks to a wider truth. Why are tatties so dear?
Councillors in Orkney may have voted to investigate a future where the islands remain outside the EU, but islanders who are members of the group Yes Orkney are stepping up their campaign to have Orkney rejoin.