Well, I never imagined that I would be a person who writes a blog, but here we are! I’ll be using this page to update folk on what I’m up to as Shetland’s SNP MSP candidate, to put forward my ideas and to respond to questions that are raised in the course of our local campaign. It’s a poor substitute for knocking on doors and having conversations in person, but in a time of COVID, it feels like a good thing to be doing.
The 2019 by-election was primarily about electing a local MSP for eighteen months and as a result our campaign focused on what I believed I could get done for Shetland in that sort of time period.
These 2021 Scottish Parliament elections on the 6th May are a very different proposition. Shetland voters will elect someone to represent them for the next five years, which expands what that MSP should be able to achieve. As we emerge from the pandemic, this election is also an opportunity to think about what sort of society we want to live in.
I know that representing Shetland would be an enormous privilege and an equally large responsibility. Over the last few months, I’ve been thinking about what my priorities would be if I am successful this time and I’ve been having conversations with folk from all over these isles: SNP supporters, lifelong Lib Dems, Extinction Rebellion activists – and one man on the Yell ferry who told me his politics were to the right of Genghis Khan.
I am convinced that most folk in Shetland want similar things: to make Shetland more resilient, to protect the vulnerable, to support our local industries and to make sure that we preserve our environment, our democracy and our community for future generations.
The themes in this image are based on that simple idea: that there is more that we agree about than what we disagree about. I’ve listed three specific examples for each and will be expanding on these in the coming days and weeks, but I wanted to use my first blog post to put these out there and see what folk think. Please do contact me through the website or my social media pages if you have any thoughts.
Yours for Shetland,