12.09.19

It says much about our politics at present that Beatrice Wishart can be elected as Shetland’s MSP on 29 August but, by the time she is formally ‘sworn in’ a week later, she is merely the third newest Liberal Democrat parliamentarian. After the defections of MPs, Phillip Lee and Luciana Berger to the Liberal Democrat cause, Angela Smith’s arrival over the weekend means that, as Beatrice rises to give her maiden speech in Holyrood this week, she may be clinging to her top five spot on the ‘newbies’ list.

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29.08.19

Rewriting history can be a political art form. It is amazing how often and quickly it happens, and how effective it can be, particularly if you have the ‘megaphone’ and muscle of government office at your disposal.

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15.08.19

At a time of rising sea levels, the low-lying island of Sanday confounded climate science last weekend by sitting a few inches higher in the water as the entire population headed off to the Picky for the Parish Cup final.

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01.08.19

Promises, promises. Nothing is so easy in politics as the making of promises. Much more difficult, of course, is the act of delivering; something the newly-installed Prime Minister, Boris Johnson is about to discover.

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18.07.19

You know you’ve achieved a level of standing in the local community when you are invited to discharge a firearm over the heads of a crowd. It may just have been the starting pistol for the Burray Regatta and Raft Race, but that does not diminish the significance of the responsibility placed on my shoulders by the organisers of another highly successful day of sailing out on Water Sound.

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04.07.19

Over the past twelve years, I have worked more closely with Tavish Scott than any other MSP. It has been a partnership built very much on friendship but one, I like to think, that has delivered real benefits for the island communities we were elected to represent in the Scottish Parliament.

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20.06.19

There can be few experiences quite as stressful as waiting for an operation. At a time when, despite the best efforts of hard-working NHS staff, waiting lists for some procedures are measured in months or even years, that is perhaps more true than ever.

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06.06.19

At long last, good news on the European front. I speak, of course, of Liverpool’s historic victory in the Champions League final on Saturday night. The performance may have been a pale shadow of the scintillating football that has characterized Jurgen Klopp’s team over the course of an outstanding season, but that matters little as Liverpool secured a six triumph in Europe’s premier footballing competition.

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