Democracy is defined as government of the people, by the people, for the people. What we have at present is government of the people by an elite, for an elite. If government is to be by the people, for the people; power must be in the hands of the people.
This website is a first step towards more open democracy in Shetland. If properly used, it will leave our councillors and others in no doubt of what the people of Shetland want. They may not like it, but nobody has to give us permission to express our views. The legitimacy of this website lies, not in who set it up, but in who uses it, so use it!
It is a two-stage process. If you have a burning issue that you feel strongly about, use this form to bring it to peoples' attention. You will have a page available on which you can put forward the reasons you think the issue is important. Anyone who is against your proposal will also have a page to put forward their view. The public can then say whether they want it to become a referendum issue. Once it gets 100 supporting votes, it will go forward as a live issue and appear on this page. You can even make proposals for how this process works. It is in your hands.
The forms ask for your name, email and postcode. The system also allocates you a unique number. This is all an attempt to ensure that nobody votes twice, but none of these details are published.
To kick off, there are three issues that are of current concern. You can vote on those below.