It is very much a rarity for me to attack a person because of their politics,irrespective of how much I may disagree with their point of view, but today I will make an exception to that rule.
I cannot stomach this mans politics, but other than that, I also find Ian Davidson Labour MP for Govan an absolutely vile individual. He really is an extremely obnoxious excuse for a human being.
I have never in my life before heard an MP wish mass redundancy on a huge slice of his constituents unless the country agreed to vote No to Independence. Not only did he express this view in a media briefing, but then he asked during Prime Ministers question time to confirm that the ship building contract for the Clyde be reversed and rewarded to Portsmouth should Scotland vote YES for Independence. Bad enough that BAe are shedding nearly 1800 across the Uk, 800 of these in Scotland, without wishing the Scottish yards to close and his constituents made redundant.
I would suggest that the constituents of govan make this bully boy redundant at the earliest opportunity! His attitude being that if he loses his cosy £100k a year number in Westminster because of a YES vote, he will try his damnedest to take down as many as possible innocent people with him.
The UK government have been caught between a rock and a hard place on this one, and I think that we can be very sure that had Portsmouth the facilities, the expertise and the quality of the Clyde yards, then BAe would be retaining it instead. BAe is however a commercial organisation, and with the cutbacks being forced on its previous contract with the MoD, it had effectively first and foremost made its decision quite a while ago which of its three major shipbuilding sites it wished to retain,and at least 18months ago it had indicated that the Clyde ship yards were its preferred option.
Somehow or another this loss of jobs, in Scotland as well as in Portsmouth has been used by some unionist MPS and the media as being because of the Scottish referendum an that this was a political decision, when primarily it wasn’t.
Davidson and co have been getting themselves into a lather over this, and trying to insist that shipbuilding contract is only grace and favour for the Scots, and should Scotland become Independent, then the deal is off the table. In effect Blackmail…vote YES and we will make you suffer.
Yehh sure…they having awarded the contract to BAe are now going to tell BAe that their main yards are not to be used, and that they have to spend millions upgrading the mothballed shipyard at Portsmouth instead?
On the other hand they are trying to make out that only the UK can keep these yards open, that an Independent Scotland which will have to build its own vessels can’t!
As has been rightly pointed out elsewhere BAe is a global organisation with contracts all over the world. There is also the opportunity for diversification into other fields other than war ship building, and this is the road to travel for the future.
A whole load of utter garbage has also been spouted about Royal Navy vessels only being built in the UK, when they have already had support vessels built in Korea, and as recently as 2011 the UK government were in talks with India with the possible intention of getting India to build its type 26 frigate, and yet we are somehow to believe that the Clyde will lose out should we vote for Independence? The only reason for such a reversal would be pure spite! If that is the sort of partner and neighbour we have, then we are better off without them.
But last word for today is for the outburst of pure honesty from David Cameron at prime ministers question time… ” If Scotland was independent “we” wouldn’t have any ships at all ”
It would seem that is going to be the case, but I somehow doubt that he quite meant what he said.
As for Davidson and co….. Carrots and sticks are for donkeys, and I suspect that you will find out to your cost that most of us Scots are no donkeys!