This is the ferry, Glen Sannox, "launched" by Nicola Sturgeon in November 2017 with no windows on its bridge. What appear to be windows is actually black paint. The painted-on windows were a clever ruse to disguise the fact that the ferry was not finished. It still isn't. The latest estimate is that the ferries will be five years late, and will cost up to £250 million - more than two and a half times the original budget of £97million. Gnasher has told MSPs that "the buck stops with me" in the row over the contract for Glen Sannox and her sister ferry - both delayed and way over-budget. She doesn't mean it, of course - she has been trying to pin the buck onto disgraced former transport minister Derek Mackay. You remember him - he's the one resigned as Finance Secretary in February 2020, after the Scottish Sun reported he had messaged a 16-year-old boy on social media, describing him as "cute" and offering to meet with him. Mrs Fish indicated that the decision to go ahead with the ferry contract without the normal financial guarantees was taken by Disgraced Derek.
The SNP's Secret Scotland is characterised by piss-poor planning, wilful waste and a complete absence of accountability during the SNP’s 15 years in power. It's centralisation is such that all major decisions are expected to be signed off by Sturgeon’s office. The Scottish Government (did you notice when it ceased to be the Scottish Executive in a neat little PR move? ) has a communications staff of 175 spinning merrily away, at a cost increased by 50% since 2018.
Before the pandemic, the country’s Information Commissioner warned that the Scottish public sector’s obsession with secrecy was a problem, with ‘serious systematic’ failures in the handling of freedom of information requests. These are routinely vetted, in spite of a legal requirement for them to be ‘applicant blind’. One was recently rejected on the grounds that it ‘would prejudice’ Scotland’s global relations if a critical report on the SNP’s school reforms – ‘Curriculum for Excellence’ – was published in full.
Data Divergence refers to the SNP's policy of changing measurement criteria so that data cannot be compared with England. For example, the Health Foundation in 2014 said that it was not possible to compare health outcomes across the four nations of the United Kingdom because Scotland had changed the way it collected data. It is likely that Scotland has the worst health service within the UK - but it cannot be proved. Drug deaths are the highest in the developed word. Sturgeon said that she takes full responsibility for that.
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