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Spending review: Rosyth workers to strike - but vote kept secret until carriers decision - Scotsman.com News

SHIPYARD workers at Rosyth are preparing for strike action, just three days after the Strategic Defence Review spared them from the axe.
It is anticipated a walk-out will take place at the Fife yard next week, with a full strike to follow in a row over pay.
Workers agreed to remain silent about the planned action until after Tuesday's defence spending announcement.

Taxpayers will have to pick up the £2.6 billion bill for the controversial aircraft carrier that will never carry jets because Gordon Brown agreed an “unbreakable” contract designed to protect shipbuilding jobs in Scotland.
When the coalition looked at axing one of the carriers to save money, BAE responded that the Government would still have to pay shipworkers to do nothing for the remaining 12 years of the deal.
The Prime Minister said earlier this week that the decision to go ahead with the second carrier had been the hardest of the spending review. He blamed an “appalling legacy” left by the previous Government and said that taxpayers had “every right to be angry about it”.
A spokesman for Mr Brown said that he could not comment on “MoD decisions made under the last Government”.

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To be fair one has to wonder whether Brown was entirely to blame here.

Given HMG's past form when it comes to honouring contracts agreed with the defence contractors one has to wonder if it wasn't the shipyards that demanded this sort of surety. I imagine setting up to build two large warships would require a significant investment of time, energy and, most importantly, cash on their part.

With a client known to change his mind and cancel contracts on little more than a whim one can imagine BAe's financial managers and lawyers building as many safeguards into the paperwork as possible.

(TE - I quite understand why BAe asked for this, wouldn't we all ask for such largesse - It was G Brown's job to negotiate it down)

Now we see how it works. The sole purpose of the Labour party is to divert money from middle and upper class taxpayers into the pockets of Labour voters through welfare handouts and job-creation schemes, including defence procurement. This continues until the burden borne by the wealth creators is too much to bear, at which point Labour are thrown out and the Conservatives (and now LibDems) spend years sorting out the mess while Labour screams and howls how unfair it all is.
By the time the mess is cleared up a lot of middle class voters have lost their jobs in the cutbacks and are very pissed off, but the welfare parasites are still there because they were unemployable in the first place. So the lost-shirt middle class now vote Labour so as to punish the Tories and benefit from the same handouts enjoyed by the underclass - it's only fair after all - and we start on another cycle of leftie waste and economic destruction. Meanwhile the value of the pound sinks inexorably. It is worth remembering that during the days of the Callaghan government (the last Labour terror before Blair) the pound was worth JPY (Japanese Yen) 520. Today it is JPY 127. Explain that, Balls and Miliband.

Oh yes - endearing themselves to us even more.

It was G Brown's job to negotiate it down

Yeah, well. We all know the level of economic/financial competence we can expect from that clown.

So how much is one of these things to equip and maintain? A few billion over its 25-30 year service lifespan? So go tell the Indians, who have a bigger space programme than Europe, to go piss up a rope, and thereby save £800 million a year. Discounted, that's 16 billion quid which is ample. Then scrap DfID entirely, because a) taking money from poor people in rich countries and giving it to rich people in poor countries is fucking mental and b) it will make Clare Short cry. Now we're talking serious coin.

Let us not forget, even under these draconian cuts* our lords and masters will still be shelling out the thick end of two billion quid a day so all of this is academic. If only people could be made to understand the concept of sunk costs we wouldn't have all these heroic efforts to prolong moribund projects.


* yes, I know, reduction in rate of growth is not a cut, but to hear all the bleating you'd think the DemCons had proposed putting King Herod in charge of a day-care centre.

So how much is one of these things to equip and maintain? A few billion over its 25-30 year service lifespan? So go tell the Indians, who have a bigger space programme than Europe, to go piss up a rope, and thereby save £800 million a year. Discounted, that's 16 billion quid which is ample. Then scrap DfID entirely, because a) taking money from poor people in rich countries and giving it to rich people in poor countries is fucking mental and b) it will make Clare Short cry. Now we're talking serious coin.

Let us not forget, even under these draconian cuts* our lords and masters will still be shelling out the thick end of two billion quid a day so all of this is academic. If only people could be made to understand the concept of sunk costs we wouldn't have all these heroic efforts to prolong moribund projects.


* yes, I know, reduction in rate of growth is not a cut, but to hear all the bleating you'd think the DemCons had proposed putting King Herod in charge of a day-care centre.

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