Deafening silence over steel (Andy Holt)
In the midst of the present crisis in the steel industry the silence from our masters and their mistress in Edinburgh is deafening.
Can this have anything to do with the fact that the new Forth road bridge is being constructed almost entirely of cheap, inferior-quality Chinese steel?
Of course one must acknowledge that in the tendering process our beloved leaders should consider value for money.
However, always inconsistent, those same critical faculties seem not to have come into play when they authorised the purchase of the rural payment department’s disastrous computer upgrade. Or indeed the construction of their own headquarters, the Scottish Parliament building, 10 times over budget.
British Steel is high quality but expensive. But it is expensive because of government policy which has driven up industrial energy costs until they are the highest in Europe. Thus rendering our own indigenous industry completely helpless in the face of unfair competition from the Chinese who care not one jot for carbon neutrality.
North House, Papa Stour.