Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Stay at home or get far away from it Mr Swinney...

Few things are better worth a cynical smile than a politician solemnly declaring of some trouble spot that he has been 'to see for himself'

Never a truer word -

Witness John Swinney's visit to Hawick on the 3rd July 2008 to support textile workers facing redundancy.
Witness John Swinney's visit to Hawick on the 8th November 2008 to support textile workers facing redundancy.
Well his visit obviously made a big difference, thank goodness we have such an influential Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth. John's summer intervention seems to have sealed the fate of even more workers despite his assurances that

"What the government will do is make sure that every support that we possibly can make available to individuals and the wider Hawick economy will be available,"

and his observation that

However, he said the textiles industry as a whole had a "very good future".

"There are a lot of strong textile companies in the Borders," he said.

John a bit of advice; please don't visit any other business or regions facing financial decline, I really don't think the Scottish economy could withstand it! And drop the uncanny psychic like predictions whilst you're at it.

I guess the borders rail link due to open in 2013 won't be carrying freight then, just unemployed textile workers attending call centre interviews in Edinburgh.

If Mr Swinney really wants to get away from it and investigate something worthwhile can I suggest we despatch our clumsy and accident prone Cabinet Secretary to investigate the plank of wood discovered on Mars. That should keep him out of trouble for a while.

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