We weren’t sure we’d woken up properly when we read this morning’s Times.
“Much-trumpeted”? That’s, um, not quite how we remember things.
Because last year, the entire media was telling us the “deal” was a secret.
The non-binding memorandum the Scottish Government signed in 2015 with two Chinese companies, agreeing to maybe sort of think about some investments at some point in the future, has been used by the opposition and press to prove just about everything bad short of blaming Nicola Sturgeon for faking the moon landings.
At first it proved they were sinister and evil for working in total secrecy (even though a press release had been issued and the story had been reported in The Scotsman) with a company that was subject to some unproven accusations of corruption, in a country where pretty much all business is conducted via bribery.
Then it proved that they’d recklessly allowed a “deal” which had never existed at all to collapse and cost Scotland £10bn which had never been on the table, and which all the Unionist parties had furiously decried as being dirty money just months earlier.
(And which it in fact transpired the opposition and media’s hysterical over-reaction may have been directly responsible for losing.)
And now it proves that they “trumpeted” a “deal” that didn’t make ENOUGH money out of this allegedly corrupt company that they shouldn’t have been dealing with at all, and which they’d tried to keep secret, presumably using the Great Trumpet Of Secrecy.
We’re excited to find out what the next developments will be. We’re pretty sure that at some point before spring the Times will claim that the deal was on the front page of the SNP’s 2015 election manifesto and its collapse means that all their MPs should be put in jail for causing a crisis in international relations that might precipitate World War 3. We honestly can’t rule anything out any more.