Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart, has called for new hope after ‘re-heated’ Programme for Government was brought to the Scottish Parliament. The First Minister outlined the SNP-Green coalition Government’s plans for the next five years in the chamber on Tuesday 7th September.
Some of the island specific policies include:
- 16 subsea fibre cables to provide broadband by 2022, a full year after the original 2016 SNP manifesto promise.
- An Islands Bond, already in consultation.
- A goal to ensure that 30% of state-owned ferries are low emission by 2032, lacking detail on Shetland's internal fleet.
Ms Wishart said:
“We need a new menu instead of this ‘re-heated’ Programme for Government. It seems the Scottish Government is still not listening to local needs.
“The SNP and Greens don’t see the irony of stating they support island communities, but plan to move air traffic control jobs to Inverness.
“Nor can they see that supporting local food and drink is tricky when they haven’t resolved ferry freight capacity limitations.
“Scottish Liberal Democrats know that ambition and new hope is what we need right now.”
Notes to Editors
Please find a link to the SNP 2016 manifesto here.