Scottish Scene: What sort of green deal lets BiFab go under? While BiFab was finally collapsing into administration last week, taking more than £50m of taxpayers’ money with it, Sturgeon and finance secretary Kate Forbes were happily orchestrating a student union-type row with Westminster by demanding the Treasury make its £500 bonus to Scottish NHS workers tax-free. Meanwhile, a real chance for Scotland to create a viable green industry capable of participating in billion-pound projects that are being carried out in our own waters, had turned to ashes. Never mind Alex Salmond’s claim that the SNP would make Scotland the “Saudi Arabia of renewables”, Sturgeon herself proclaimed her own self-styled “climate emergency”, promising a “Scottish green deal” just two years ago. But here is a company with a skilled workforce that could be at the heart of a green manufacturing revolution that is now consigned to the dustbin of the first minister’s broken promises. I predicted at the time that Sturgeon’s Scottish green deal, like all her other previous promises, wouldn’t amount to anything, beyond perhaps bolstering the first minister’s CV for the job she covets at the United Nations. So it has proved.
Times 6th Dec 2020 read more »
Iain Macwhirter: The loss of BiFab is a national humiliation. BiFab should have had just the right skills and know-how to move into the renewable energy age by building turbine jackets for the wind farms that are bristling around Scotland’s coast. But it was not to be.
Herald 6th Dec 2020 read more »