Do you remember this little story spread all over our press and the BBC a couple of weeks back?
THERE should be a review into the “disgraceful” decision to give a contract to supply steel for the new Forth crossing to overseas firms, Scottish Labour said.
Johnann Lamont, raised the issue after it was announced that Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors, the consortium responsible for delivering the principal contract for the crossing, had struck deals with “major international steel suppliers in China and the EU”.
She told MSPs: “The Chinese got an £800 million steel contract and we got two pandas.”
However, Mr Salmond told the Labour leader that the steel contract only represents 5%-10% of the total value of the Forth replacement crossing principle contract which is is worth £790 million.
He added: “I’m not sure if Johann Lamont knows this but we dont actually have manufacturing fabrication facilities for steel in Scotland, thanks to the degradation of past Westminster governments.”
The First Minister also insisted that the new Forth road bridge would deliver a “substantial good deal to Scotland”.
He said 118 of the 155 subcontracts on the project had gone to firms in Scotland, while Scottish companies are benefiting from 870 of the 1,041 supply orders.
The First Minister said: “The Forth replacement crossing project will support 1,200 Scottish jobs and secure an additional 3,000 more.”
In short, we cannae supply the Steel because between Thatcher and Labour you destroyed a world class Steel Industry. We don’t fabricate steel any more, and so no Scottish firm can supply the steel for the Bridge.
Disgraceful is it not? You would have thought Labour would at least have known this minor detail?
They have also been shouting that Scotland will lose our shipbuilding jobs for the Navy, once we go independent. The money spent on Defence will go elsewhere. Its a bad thing Independence, and it will hurt our workers when they no longer get the contracts.
But just to show how good things are in this Union dividend, they announced a Big £452million contract for 4 supply vessels today.
Here are the details from the BEEB
“The Royal Navy has chosen South Korean firm Daewoo for a £452m deal to build four new fuel tankers.
The 37,000 tonne Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) tankers will allow the Royal Navy to refuel at sea.
The tankers, which are due to enter service in 2016, will each measure 200 metres in length and replace models that date back to the 1970s.”
OOPS….Sorry …This £452mil contract is going to South Korea.
I know we don’t make Steel anymore, but we still build ships?
Now, I am sure Labour will be very upset about this, and we will really hear them shouting about it, wont we?
Ohhh You don’t get me, you’re part of the Union.