“I was extremely disappointed when the Government slipped announcement just before Christmas that it was considering breaking DARA up and placing it in the private sector.Such comments are all too typical from politicians across Scotland: state ownership - good; private ownership - bad. We really need to get away from that mindset and start promoting privatisation of government jobs as the preferred option and, like our Irish friends, develop a national pride in our business people.
“Now the Tories seem intent on getting in on the act.
“In a last desperate throw of the dice, the Conservatives are playing politics with the future of DARA with their announcement that they plan to privatise the agency.
“The Conservatives are a busted flush in Perthshire and across the rest of Scotland. It is little wonder that they are going nowhere fast with their latest plans.
“The excellent DARA workforce deserve better.”
Wednesday 19 January 2005
Even in Perth, the SNP preaches socialism
The latest publication from the Policy Institute explains why Scotland's economic prosperity depends on creating an entrepreneurial society, not on ensuring that virtually everyone works for the state. The SNP claims that independence would make us as wealthy as our Irish neighbours. That would be nice but there is another factor to consider. In Ireland 9.1% of working adults are entrepreneurs; in Scotland it's 4.6%. 47% of Irish workers know an entrepreneur personally; in Scotland the corresponding number is 21%. There's something other than national independence going on here I would think. That's why I worry when I read this sort of thing from a prominent Nationalist MSP: