|Scooped by Peter A Bell|
As I have noted before, it is always worth reading articles such as this just for the now traditional idiotic quote from one of Blair McDougall's minions over at Trepidation Towers (Better Together HQ). The numpty in this instance is a real prize. He bangs on about a Yes vote putting at risk something which has already happened. Assembly of HMS Queen Elizabeth is done. Unless "Better Together Numpty of the Day" has the means to turn back time, it is work which cannot possibly be lost. Duh!
Characteristically, too, Better Together totally ignores the fact that Stuart Ballantyne has nothing whatever to do with the "Yes camp". He is an independent expert stating his opinion that it is reliance of defence orders from the British state that represents the greatest threat to shipbuilding in Scotland. After all, how many more giant floating white elephants are likely to be needed?
I note also that Better Together's duty numpty presumes to appoint himself spokesperson, not just for the anti-independence campaign, but for the shipyard owners, trade unions and all those employed in shipbuilding. That's a lot of presumption for one wee numpty.
Stuart Ballantyne is, of course, perfectly correct. The future of Scottish shipbuilding lies in the kind of diversification and specialisation that fully utilises the facilities and skills that we have. It is over-reliance on MoD contracts which creates instability and insecurity. It is the outmoded political union which is the impediment to developing a thriving ship-building industry in Scotland.
What is clear is that the arguments we are getting from British nationalists have absolutely nothing whatever to do with any rational assessment of what offers the best future for the Clyde shipyards. The fate of those employed in the shipbuilding industry is not even a consideration. British nationalists' arguments are entirely informed by the overarching ideological imperative to preserve the British state at any cost.