Monday, March 21, 2011

Bridge Bidder Named, Government Shamed

As election bribes go, they don't come much bigger than a mile-long lump of steel.

With a brass neck and a smirk, the Scottish Government have announced the preferred bidder for the new Forth Road Bridge just a day before the dissolution of parliament and the official beginning of the election campaign.

It's no wonder the Greens and Labour are fizzing about the announcement, albeit for different reasons. Labour because it steals some positive headlines for the SNP. The Greens because the bridge might well prove wholly unnecessary.

Studies have shown the existing bridge could be repaired for just £122 million, whereas the government are excitingly telling the country that the costs of the new bridge have fallen to £1.6 billion.And we all know how accurate estimates for large public projects in this country turn out to be!

That's a hell of a lot of money to be throwing away at any time, never mind during a recession.

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