Politics in the Islands: Shetland Islands
A square in the town of Lerwick
As the devolved election campaigns kick off, I will be travelling to some of the country's most islolated communities to explore their experience of devolution. I'll be visiting some of the islands off the coast of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all this week to get a sense of what people are talking about there.
My first stop is here in the Shetland Islands. But what does the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh mean to people in Lerwick 350 miles away? It's a 12-and-a half-hour overnight ferry crossing to Aberdeen and Bergen in Norway is just as close.
So what are the issues here? You can tune into 5 live Drive and Up All Night to find out. I'll also be posting some photos of my travels on the 5 live blog. Plus, you can also follow my trip on Twitter: @chrismasonbbc
The Cost of Fuel
Today I'm in Lerwick, the capital and main port of the Shetland Islands.
I took this photo at a petrol station on the outskirts of Lerwick. Is this the most expensive fuel in the UK?
I spoke to Jim, a taxi driver on the island, about the price of diesel and the effect it's having on his business. He told me that the price had "shot up" considerably at the pumps last week.
He went on to say that although the issue is being debated on the mainland, "nobody is caring about us...because we're across the water".
Impact on Food Prices
Here's an illustration of the influence of the increased cost of fuel on an isolated island - it has an immediate and significant effect on the cost of everything else.
I spotted this sign in the window of a fish and chip shop in Lerwick.
Everything has to be transported to the island, so the cost of fuel has an impact on things like the cost of food.
I chatted to Yasmin, who runs the shop. She told me that although people in places like Glasgow and London compain about the rising cost of fuel, compared to the Shetland Islands, "they have no idea".
Meanwhile, issues like the the future of the Shetland lifeboat is being discussed by the coalition government at Westminster. These posters are all over the islands, in shop windows, bus shelters, hotel lobbies.
Wandering around the island, I spotted this sign. You can still see the Norwegian influence everywhere on the Shetland Islands.
Yes, it's a picture of a rooster. For those of you who listened to Drive, you'll know that he was the main star during my report from the Shetland Islands. Peter took great pleasure in pointing out I was being upstaged by a bird.
Chris Mason is 5 live's political reporter.