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Two shocking scandals the SNP can conceal beneath sea of Saltires – Brian Wilson


Thanks to an old-fashioned campaign led by the GMB and Unite unions, it seems some work has been secured for the Fife yards on the Neart na Gaoithe windfarm development. There should be no laps of honour.

As the unions point out, while eight jackets are likely to be fabricated in Fife, the other 45 will come from Indonesia “delivered by cheap foreign labour then shipped by diesel-burning barges to the Fife coast”.

The Scottish Government’s defence is that they are bound by EU procurem,上海品茶会所Mabel,ent rules which mean the French developer, EDF, can contract an Italian contractor, Saipem, to procure the infrastructure in Indonesia. That is one EU impediment/alibi we could do without.

More fundamentally, the investment has simply not been made in the yards – in spite of Methil being owned by Scottish Enterprise for the past decade – in full knowledge that the offshore wind boom was in the offing. Is that now going to change?

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M爱上海419eanwhile on the other side of the country, it looks increasingly as if it will cost the Scottish Government the thick end of £100 million to resolve the fiasco at the Ferguson shipyard, resulting from what always looked like a political stunt, lacking in all due diligence.

That is serious money – £100 million which could have been spent on schools, hospitals or council services rathe,上海品茶QQBecky,r than doubling the cost of two long-delayed CalMac ferries. A fraction might even have been invested in the Fife yards.

Will any heads roll for either scandal? Almost certainly not for we live in a land of non-accountability. Just keep waving the flags and shouting about independence from Glasgow rooftops. Nobody will notice the rest.

New Ambleside burger bar

The La’al Burger Bar on Lake Road

A NEW eco-conscious eatery has opened in Ambleside.

Jayne Birkett, who owns The La’al Burger Bar with husband Stuart, said: “The aim was to provide a really tasty, nutritious burger that was also helping the environment.”

The La’al, on Lake Road, was formerly the Tarantella Italian Restaurant. It is largely a family run operation, with the Birkett’s son Cameron, 26, working as a chef in the eatery and sister Lily, 21, front of house.

Much of its stock is supplied by Primal Meats, a company which focuses on providing grass-fed, organically-reared produce.

Mr and Mrs Birkett have tried to make the restaurant environmentall,上海品茶QQKaison,y-friendly and of good quality in other ways too. Compostable packaging is supplied for takeaways, FriPura filters are used to try to improve the quality of the oil, and orga,上海品茶工作室Bea,nic salad is used in dishes – which Mrs Birkett felt tasted better.

“I think a lot of supermarket food is very bland tasting, and a lot of mass produced food is very bland in comparison to organic food, and it’s often sprayed with chemicals,” she said.

They are also aiming to use food that is more seasonal. For example, The La’al currently sells a lamb burger with red pepper; however, Mrs Birkett, who has a background in catering and shamanic therapy, sai爱上海d: “When they [peppers] go out of season, we’ll look at a different product.”