Shetland Times Column 19th November 2021

It is estimated that the number of people in Scotland affected by Long Covid is 79,000 and rising. With little indication from the Scottish Government as to its intention on how people living with Long Covid will be supported, it was Scottish Liberal Democrats, led by Alex Cole-Hamilton, who brought a debate on the subject to parliament last week.

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Shetland Times Column 5th November 2021

As the saying goes “lang lippened, come at last”. Postponed from last year due to the pandemic, the 26th Conference of the Parties, or COP26, is finally underway. World leaders gather in Glasgow.

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Shetland Times Column 22nd October 2021

The murder of Sir David Amess MP last Friday was dreadful and shocking. My thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends, colleagues and staff.

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Shetland Times Column 8th October 2021

Sarah Everard’s killer, a policeman, was sentenced and another man was arrested for the murder of teacher Sabina Nessa, who was walking to meet a friend when she was killed. The deaths of both women have once again highlighted the continuing violence against women and girls by some men in our society.

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Shetland Times Column 24th September 2021

I write this on World Car Free Day 2021, a day to promote alternatives to car use. That’s good if there are alternatives to promote, like bus or rail links, if it’s not possible to walk. In communities like ours, where public transport does not meet everyone’s needs, then it is not unreasonable to consider a car an essential, and Shetland’s geography and inclement weather play a part in that car use.

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Shetland Times Column 10th September 2021

The debate in the Scottish Parliament last Thursday on Supporting the People of Afghanistan was a powerful one which saw thoughtful and passionate contributions from all sides of the chamber. Keen to ensure that the country will play its part and offer refuge to those fleeing for their lives, there were repeated calls of support for the resettlement of refugees. The Scottish Government has made it clear that it will do so, as has Shetland Islands Council.

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Shetland Times Column 27th August

Scottish Liberal Democrats have a new leader. Alex Cole-Hamilton took over the reins last Friday following Willie Rennie’s 10 years as leader. Alex is hard-working and liberal to his core. Since his first election Alex has held the Scottish Government to account at every turn, stood up for his constituents and championed young people.

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Shetland Times Column 6th August 2021

On Tuesday we learned from the First Minister’s statement of the move “beyond level zero” for Covid restrictions from Monday.

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Shetland Times Column 23rd July

The Prospect Union strike next Thursday regarding the centralisation of air traffic services in Inverness should come as no surprise to HIAL (Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd) or the Scottish Government. They have been told time and again that the project is flawed and will result in job losses across the Highlands and Islands.

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Shetland Times Column 26th June

The week started with the long-awaited publication of the report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Given its contents it is no surprise that the SNP Government did not want it released before the election.

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