Dear Scottish Government,

What precise proof do you have that Shetland is part of Scotland?
Please supply documentary proof and/or court decisions.

Yours faithfully,

Stuart Hill

Dear Scottish Government,

You have not replied to my request asking for proof that Shetland is part of Scotland within the time required by law. That time ran out on 26 March 2014. Are you intending to make a reply?

Yours faithfully,

Stuart Hill

Scottish Government

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Dear Mr Hill,

Thank you for your enquiry. Please find attached the Scottish Government's response to your FOI request.

Best wishes,

Clare

Clare Hollowell |  Constitutional Reform, Scottish Government
Mail:  2W, St Andrew's House, Regent Road, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG

[FOI #199287 email]

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Scottish Government

Dear Mr Hill,
 
Apologies for the delay in responding. You should now have the response to
your FOI query, sent by email this afternoon.
 
Best wishes,
Clare
 
Clare Hollowell |  Constitutional Reform, Scottish Government
Mail:  2W, St Andrew’s House, Regent Road, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG
 
 
 

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Dear Scottish Government,

Thank you for you response.

In view of what you say, the answer to my question must be 'No, we do not have any proof that Shetland is part of Scotland.'

If you had any such proof it would have been easy for you to produce it, instead of resorting to bluff and bluster and a court case where the judge acted outside his authority in order to avoid confronting the issue.

You wrote:

"That Shetland is part of Scotland is recognised by the courts and shown by the ability of the Scottish and UK parliaments to legislate for Shetland.
You may, wish to look at some of the publically (sic) available information on cases where the fact that Shetland is part of Scotland was recognised by the courts. Lord Pentland’s opinion in [2012] CSOH 110, RBS vs Stewart (sic) Hill is one such example: http://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/opinions/20... ."

For those wishing to study the above case, the relevant part starts at at para. [19]

Lord Pentland chose to ignore a challenge to the jurisdiction of the court, treating it almost as an afterthought in his judgement. It is fundamental to our justice system that a challenge to the court's jurisdiction must be dealt with before the court can proceed to hear a case. Without proof of his jurisdiction, the man on the bench is no more than a member of the public. The pursuers presented no argument, so Lord Pentland constructed one on their behalf!

Relying on previous pronouncements he says: "In my opinion, as these statements in the Inner House clearly show, it is now settled that, as a matter of law, Shetland is part of the United Kingdom." What he omits to say is that the question had never been tested in the courts until 2011, so all previous opinions expressed were based on the same erroneous presumption - the mere unproven opinion that Shetland is part of Scotland. In these circumstances, to assert that that matter is now settled as a matter of law is nothing more than a transparent contortion of the truth.

In refusing a hearing on jurisdiction, he ignored his duty of impartiality as a judge and brought the Scottish justice system into disrepute. This is a matter of public record.

It is interesting to note that although the pursuers were seeking their considerable costs for this two-year action, which they apparently had 'won', no order was made regarding those costs. It was obvious to all concerned that a further embarrassing action would be required to collect them.

Such are the lengths to which the judiciary and everyone else exercising the pretend authority of Scotland and the UK in Shetland will go in order to avoid confronting this issue. The courts have been shown no proof that Shetland is part of Scotland, and yet continue to act as if they had. However, when pushed, they have been shown to be unable to enforce their sentence (in a different case).

There is no proof that Shetland is part of Scotland. There is no basis for the 'authority' exercised by Scotland and the UK in Shetland. Any such 'authority' is only kept in place because the people of Shetland do not question it.

For more information see www.StolenIsles.com

Yours faithfully,

Stuart Hill

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