Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Clyde receipients of the Union Defence dividend

SNP Defence Spokesperson, Angus Robertson MP, in 2007 said:
that it's time for Scotland to have an Independent Defence and Foreign policy which protects defence jobs, stops Scotland being dragged into illegal wars and will ensure Scottish shores are free of weapons of mass destruction.

About 18,500 civilian and military personnel are directly employed by the United Kingdom's MoD in Scotland, while a further 12,500 people are in jobs generated by the presence of defence bases.

"A study by the Commons Scottish affairs select committee last year found 90 per cent of orders for shipbuilding north of the Border came from the UK Government, which is due to invest £ 14 billion over the next 10 to 15 years."

In 2007 Mr Robertson also said:
"Scotland pays a significant contribution for UK defence policy however we get less than our share back in procurement and jobs. Since Labour came to power we have had 3000 jobs losses in Rosyth and Coulport alone."

Well, some good news for Scotland and presumably also Mr Robertson and the SNP yesterday:
Thousands of Scottish jobs have been safeguarded after Clyde shipyards were handed a much larger slice of a £4 billion contract for two aircraft carriers.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) welcomed the announcement that the Govan and Scotstoun warship yards, run by BVT Surface Fleet, would be given 50 per cent more work.

That's the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence by the way.
And the two aircraft carriers will be a part of the United Kingdom's military forces.

So, it's nice to see the SNP being so magnanimous and swallowing their pride and welcoming the announcement.

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