George Kerevan: Forget the virtue signalling and say to hell with bogus state aid rules. The Scottish Government’s powers may be limited but they go far enough not only to save BiFab but also to create a public stake in the offshore wind industry. BATHGATE no more. Linwood no more. Methil no more. Irvine no more. The elegy the Proclaimers sang to a lost industrial Scotland remains as haunting and evocative as ever. It conjures up the anguish and anger we all felt as a heartless, foreign Thatcherism destroyed the Scottish economy. It served as the anthem for those of us who decided to resist, to take back ownership and control of our country and our lives from foreign multinationals. And from governments in London that refused to lift a finger to save jobs, giving the excuse that “free markets” left to themselves were a better way of running the economy than conscious, planned human intervention. BiFab is in the news not because it has won orders but because it hasn’t. BiFab is going the way of the BMC lorry plant at Bathgate, of the Chrysler car plant at Linwood, and of all the other ghosts of Scotland’s industrial past. For despite there being a bonanza of demand on Scotland’s doorstep for the infrastructure to enable this vast new renewables industry, actual manufacturing is being done elsewhere – mostly in China and the Gulf. Soon it will be BiFab no more.
The National 26th Oct 2020 read more »