THE POLITICAL CHALLENGE
There is a good feeling about this time. It feels like we are on the brink of something really good.
During my sixteen years of challenging the jurisdiction of the courts on the basis that Shetland is not part of Scotland, I have been faced with a steadfast refusal by the courts to produce any proof. The last case was in Orkney. It lasted for over three years (twenty hearings) and was characterised by the same treatment I had received in other courts - a willingness on the part of all concerned to bully and intimidate me to the point of sending me to jail on a trumped up charge of contempt of court without even a hearing. In spite of my insistence, and in common with all other courts, no proof was ever shown that Orkney and Shetland are part of Scotland. The court failed to show how it had the authority to function in Orkney and Shetland.
It is now clear that, no matter what evidence I put before them, no sheriff or judge can accept the political fallout that would inevitably happen if they allow the question to be asked in open court. The stakes are too high to allow mere due process to get in the way. I will not be engaging with the courts any further unless forced to, but I filmed the hearings and have video evidence of the hole they have dug for themselves. It is now deep enough to accommodate them all. Videos will follow in due course.
We now have the ammunition and action can start on the political front. Coincidentally (if you believe in coincidences) Shetland Islands Council has lately been making noises about getting more autonomy. My activities in this area have been pretty high profile over the years, but my offer of assistance was ignored - probably because my evidence points in a much more radical direction than they are prepared to contemplate. However, the evidence is what it is. It may be inconvenient, but it cannot be ignored for ever.
It is a curious situation where the local council, which is an organ of the Scottish government, and all of whose officers have taken an oath of office to that government, now purports to ask for more autonomy from it. It all smacks of an attempt to reinforce the unfounded, but heavily supported, presumption that Shetland is part of Scotland.
The one question they cannot ask of the 'other' side, because all their jobs and salaries rely on it, but one that must be asked before any meaningful negotiations can start is: "Do you have any proof that Shetland is part of Scotland?". If negotiations start before that proof is produced, the whole thing is a sham and a fraud on the people of Shetland.
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