A tale of two contracts

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.
Hip Hip……Hooray
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.

About auldacquaintance

I am not a member of any political party. I am however a strong supporter of Scots Independence. Any views which I express in this Blog are purely my own. This Blog intends to be a place where I will be putting my views on Scots Independence. It will primarily concern itself with the upcoming Referendum In Scotland. However It will also be somewhat diverse in the range of day to day issues which are evident to me in modern day Scotland. Not all of it will be political, and indeed may take me off into avenues I am not even aware of yet. Please come and join in on this journey, and any comments are welcome provided they are not abusive! All the best from a new acquaintance! Rod
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12 Responses to A tale of two contracts

  1. Linda says:

    Just when I thought Labour had lost all touch with the Scots, their new leader doesn’t even know what is going on in our industries, or lack of them. Their ignorance regarding the ship building industry is also astounding. Yet the very people that worked in these very industries voted for Labour. Agree Rod, it is an utter disgrace!

    It’s high time Labour started showing an interest in Scotland and it’s people, instead of running down the SNP because they can’t be bothered making any policies that will attract old and new voters. Their complacency has caused the SNP to gain power and it doesn’t take a genuis to figure that out.

    • Bill Cruickshank says:

      Sorry Linda I cannot agree that it was Labour complacency that “caused the SNP to gain power” ( a funny way of putting it, if you don’t mind me saying so). My bet is that the Scottish people liked the competency of the SNP minority government (2007-2011) and decided they wanted more of the same; hence the overwhelming majority. Hopefully the same voters will recognise that things could be so much better with independence.

  2. So much for the Unionist argument that they don’t order ships from other nations and thus wouldn’t order them from an independent Scotland. I suggest making note of this story for later reference when they drag out that old wheeze.

  3. Midge T says:

    I wonder what excuse the Labour MP,Frank Roy has for not knowing steel suitable for the bridge is not made in Scotland, he is after all the MP for Motherwell and Wishaw His faux indignation was palpable at Scottish Questions today when he enquired of Mr Moore if he was aware that the steel would be coming from China
    Mr Moore SoS for Scotland is also unaware that no suitable steel is available, at least, from his answer that is the only conclusion one can draw

  4. charlie Graham says:

    At least we got two pandas

  5. The ConLibLab claim appears to be that Scotstoun and Govan are full and there’s nowhere else suitable in the UK. Could be horsedung.

  6. Wee Red Squirrel says:

    Reblogged this on The Wee Red Squirrel and commented:
    An embarrassing gaffe by Lamont, nicely summarised by Auld Acquaintance.

  7. Angus McLellan says:

    The two stories are more alike that you think. No shipyard in Scotland bid to build these ships. The last UK-based yard in the bidding process was A&P, who who would have built the ships on Tyneside. But well before Labour left office the MoD had already eliminated all UK bidders.

    Anyway, although the ships ordered in Korea represent the majority of the value, there’s a substantial part – maybe 20% – of the work will end up with BAE, Babcock or A&P and UK-based firms. But that doesn’t reduce the amount of hypocrisy on display from Labour here one bit,

    • Angus McLellan says:

      An afterthought: It has been pointed out by well-informed people over on the ThinkDefence blog that Daewoo are teamed up with BAE, so some of that 20% or so is likely to be in the form of work carried out at Govan.

  8. Tris says:

    Ahhhh… yes, the Panda story. Now there’s another little problem for Labour.

    It’s only a few weeks ago that we were being told that Mr Pandas were a gift to the peoples of the UK, arranged mainly by the English, in the form of deputy prime minister Mr Clegg. And we were threatened that, if we were independent the Chinese would take them back.

    Does Lamont read the papers; what does she do with the money we give her for researchers; how often does she visit Earth?

  9. bigbuachaille says:

    So the Union dividend makes Scotland “stronger and fairer” by her inability to produce the steel required for a major infrastructure project. Looks like being part of a population of 60 million must be a matter for which we should be thoroughly grateful.
    I wonder how much “safer” Scotland is when defended by the might of the Royal Navy, who last year had to hire a ship for £40 million for three years from a small, North European, oil-rich country with a population of c.5 million, who have had the good sense not to squander their resource.
    This ship was rented in order to protect a small group of islands in the South Atlantic, whose population have expressed a desire for “self-determination”.
    Imagine a wee place like Norway having the cheek not only to be able to have its own Defence Force, but also to play its part in ensuring that we in Scotland enjoy the full benefits of the UK Defence Force, by renting out one of its own boats so that might of the United Kingdom can continue to foster “self-determination” in the South Atlantic and stifle that same desire in Scotland.

  10. Mike Cunningham says:

    Time to haul out those old Liberty Ship plans for a swift revision! 42 days, DAMN thats going some! Series T2 tankers, expanded and upgraded and then,as someone once said, “We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire…Give us the tools and we will finish the job.”
    Politicians take note, let me make it simple for you :-

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