ref date:19 Apr 2000 (CD)
Labour using Euro card to hammer Scots ship builders
Under European Union rules, the government must tender out bids for building ships unless they are specifically for military use of the nation concerned.
The rollon-rolloff ferries that are on the MOD books are for military use,
but Blair and his cronies insist they are not. In this way they can let
Germany build the ships at the expense of Scottish ship workers.
One Tory spokesman said : "The
Government is hiding behind EU rules simply to save
the Treasury £200m. We're not going to let go of this
Donald Dewar said
"I want shipbuilding
on the Clyde to have a future. The skills and the
commitment of the workforce are assets which deserve
that future. That is why we fought to keep Govan when
Kvaerner bailed out. The Scotland Office and the
Scottish Executive dug deep to back the stand taken
by the workforce. There is no question of walking away
Brave words, now watch Labour stab the Scots in the back as they did
over the Uniroyal episode...