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So when will Ministers go?

The boss of Scotland’s state-controlled ferry operator has been ousted amid a crisis over the late delivery of two new ships that are more than £250m over budget.

CalMac boss Robbie Drummond left with immediate effect after the board carried out a review of the firm’s executive leadership following the delay to the new ferries, which has left it without vital capacity going into the summer season.

Mr Drummond’s departure comes a week after the dismissal of David Tydeman, the head of nationalised Scottish shipyard Ferguson Marine where the vessels are being built. Mr Tydeman was sacked only two years into the job, having warned of further delays to the CalMac project.

Oh, yes, of course, silly me, Ministers are not responsible for political decisions, are they?

7 thoughts on “So when will Ministers go?”

  1. Martin Near The M25

    “Robbie Drummond left with immediate effect after the board carried out a review”

    They had to have a review before he went. Was he wondering “Am I an incompetent waster or not? can’t wait to find out. Maybe I’m not.”

    “Mr Tydeman was sacked only two years into the job.”

    Two years is a long time in the non shipbuilding industry.

  2. So where did the money end up? We don’t really believe this was just a scottish cockup (a jockup?) do we?

  3. Nothing will happen until the SNP are removed from involvement in the Scottish Government, which won’t happen before June 2026 (Next Scottish Parliamentary elections).

    No one will be prosecuted because the person responsible for Scottish prosecutions sits in the Scottish Government cabinet.

    At best, we might get a public inquiry sometime after Labour take power in 2026, but apart from chastisement of failed politicians long wiped from the scene, not much else will happen, certainly not changes to the Scottish Government to prevent a recurrence of un-prosecuted corruption, because Scottish Labour have their own form on this and won’t want their hands tied.

    Don’t expect the political stranglehold over prosecutions to change either, unless the UK Government in Westminster forces it, can’t see that happening under Sir Kneel-a-lot.

  4. Ministers are not responsible for political decisions, are they?

    Nor responsible for anything if you’re the Teflon-coated leader of a Lib Dem party heading into the general election with their usual optimism.

    “Go back to your constituencies and prepare for government” was bollocks 40 years ago and it will be again.

    P.s. it’s unfair to single out the hypocritical (it’s my knighthood and I’m keeping it) Sir Ed amongst so many but I can’t resist it.

  5. “Ministers are not responsible for political decisions, are they?”

    Hard to say, with the “Scottish Government”.

    And that’s not just a dig at the SNP mob; it really is. Technically, there are no individual ministries, but EU-style “directorates” (although, in normal conversation, they tend to be called “departments” so as not to frighten the horses). The FM’s cabinet has oversight on these but, as I understand it, no direct responsibility in the manner of a Minister of the Crown vis-a-vis his Ministry.

    Therefore (again, as far as I can make out), all formal responsibility lies with the FM himself; the cabinet is simply a group of advisors.

    The whole thing’s a bloody mess, cooked up hurriedly by Labour on the back of a fag packet out of electoral expediency. (Which, of course, backfired on them in spectacular fashion.) There’s a reason some of us voted against it, you know. The Tories originally proposed an advisory assembly back in the late ’50s to tackle legal reforms which Westminster didn’t have time for. As John Galt points out, after six decades of mission-creep, those still hasn’t even been looked at, while the Frankenstein’s monster which has been built in the meantime rampages around the country, wrecking everything in sight.

    I thought that, over the years, I might become resigned to the thing. But I’ve never been more determined that it has to go.

  6. If a referendum on Scottish Independence were held today, but with everyone in the UK allowed to vote, do you think Scotland would be separated from the UK?

  7. Quite frankly, with the level of anger at the SNP across the board, if a Scottish referendum was held to close the Scottish Parliament and repeal all legislation passed by it or related to it, I suspect it would win.

    Unfortunately, like BRExit, I doubt it would be implemented, since even Labour sees the political usefulness of the well paid for sinecures that the Scottish Parliament is about to provide.

    As for the people of Scotland? Fuck them seems to be the order of the day.

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