On the left, the Daily Record two years ago.
On the right, the Daily Record today.
“Workers at the Clyde and Scotstoun yards were thrown a lifeline by Tory Defence Secretary Philip Hammond with the assurance that they are due to get work building the next generation of Royal Navy Type 26 Global Combat Ships.
If that results in separation Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael said there would be no chance of the order being placed in Scotland. Carmichael went further than Hammond who said it was ‘premature’ to predict what would happen because the Type 26 orders will not be placed until late 2014 at the earliest.
But Nicola Sturgeon warned that Scotland’s shipbuilding industry cannot survive if it continues to rely on military contracts. The Deputy First Minister insisted the Govan and Scotstoun yards must “diversify” into commercial contracts to secure their long-term future.
“Three thousand jobs in Clyde shipyards are put at risk as an MOD defence review is expected to cancel orders for Type 26 ships. Shipbuilding on the Clyde is set to be the big loser in the defence review unveiled today as David Cameron announces he is cancelling orders for five frigates.
Further comment from us seems superfluous. Readers can look at the evidence and decide for themselves whether Alistair Carmichael and the Daily Record, or Nicola Sturgeon, was telling them the truth.