Scott pushes for accurate Shetland mapping requirement

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has tabled an amendment to the Islands Bill that would ensure that official publications featuring a map of Scotland put Shetland in the right place.

The Islands Bill focuses on provisions designed to strengthen and protect Scotland's island communities.

Some Scottish Government publications have featured Shetland enclosed in a box, lying either in the Moray Firth or just off the north-east coast of the Scottish Mainland. The Islands Bill amendments will be debated next Wednesday in Holyrood.

Mr Scott said:

“Shetlanders are rightly irked when they see Shetland placed in a box in the Moray Firth. I strongly believe the Scottish Government should portray the country it serves with accuracy. The principle is important here. A recent Scottish Government strategy on loneliness made this geographical mistake. I asked Scotland’s most senior civil servant to correct the error.

“But from now on, I want to ensure that mistake just cannot happen. Putting Shetland in its appropriate place would go some way to rectifying the perception that the islands are an afterthought. It will visually align the Government with its stated political commitment to island proofing. I therefore trust the government will accept this amendment.”

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