We’ve seen in previous reports that Scottish salmon sales are second only to whisky at the top of Scotland’s list of booming food and drinks industries. The industry is the second most profitable in the world and has played a major part in exports reaching new record highs. See these for more:
Scottish Salmon the second-most profitable in the World
‘Soaring [Scottish] whisky and salmon sales help UK exports hit record high’
Not surprisingly this has helped create a large increase in employment in the sector and contributed to Scotland’s rising overall employment figures.
Employment and unemployment rise in Scotland but the latter is still lower than the UK figure. Wait a minute though, does this have anything to do with the economy or is it more to do with those pesky students?
See this extract from Insider magazine:
‘The Scottish Salmon Economic Report from industry trade body the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation suggests employment numbers in the industry rose to 2,472. Bottom of FormTop of FormBottom of Form Scotland’s salmon farming industry is reported to have increased employment by 13 per cent in the 2016 year to December while capital investment remained “steady” at £63 million.’
That’s a rise from 2 188 to 2472 workers and 91% are full-time.
Hi John – good news indeed re. the salmon exports and associated increased employment in Scotland (especially full-time jobs). Brings me onto something smelling pretty fishy at Westminster (I’ll be offered a job on GMS with continuity links of that quality).
Did anyone see the report on the beeb website yesterday of the meeting convened by Theresa May in the PM’s office (06/11/17) to discuss next steps in setting up procedures for the proposed new complaints procedure covering the Westminster workplace following the recent disclosures?
‘ Party leaders agree new complaints procedure, says Theresa May’
It sounded like a useful meeting with a working party being established to take things forward. So far so good.
The photo that headed the beeb article showed Jo Swinson MP (Lib Dem Deputy Leader) sitting there at the meeting. I find that shocking. Do the Lib. Dems believe we all exist in a state of permanent amnesia.?
Jo Swinson was a major player in the Lib. Dem. mishandling of their own alleged sexual misconduct scandal involving ‘Lord’ Rennard a few years back. (See below a piece from Channel 4 reporter Cathy Newman from 2013):
By Cathy Newman, Channel 4 News Presenter
7:00AM GMT 06 Mar 2013
If Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson had a radio show, ‘Cathy from Dulwich’ would definitely be calling in. Since I got in touch with the Liberal Democrat leader on Nick Ferrari’s LBC 97.3 programme last week, I’ve asked repeatedly for an interview with Nick Clegg about the Rennard affair. But I’d really like to speak to the women’s minister, aka Ms Swinson, too. Here’s why:
Oxford academic Alison Smith, one of the women I spoke to for the Channel 4 News investigation about Lord Rennard, says she reported concerns about the party’s former chief executive to the then equalities spokesman Ms Swinson as long ago as 2007.
The following year, an email we obtained, written by a party campaigns officer, makes clear Ms Swinson had been investigating allegations from a number of women.
What we don’t know is what happened next. How many women did Ms Swinson speak to? What did she do with the complaints she unearthed?
We know – after days of denials and much obfuscation – that the deputy prime minister first became aware of “indirect and non-specific concerns” about Lord Rennard’s behaviour in 2008. His then chief of staff Danny Alexander was dispatched to the peer to confront him about the claims, which Lord Rennard denied and continues to do so.
But what was Ms Swinson’s role in all of this? Did her findings prompt Mr Alexander to go and confront Lord Rennard, and was she happy that the party until last week suggested the peer quit ‘on health grounds’ alone – an official version of events which the women we talked to say leaves the Lib Dems exposed to allegations of a cover-up?
Given her ‘previous’ on such matters it is to be fervently hoped that arch-hypocrite Jo Swinson is permitted to play no further role in these matters. BritNat establishment politicking? Makes one’s skin crawl.
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Ludo, perhaps you should post your comment on WOS? Apologies if you already have.
Good idea though Wings comments are usually shorter
What a good memory you have.
Off topic but still fishy,
Grimsby seeks “Brexit exemption” for port industry despite voting 70% OUT | The London Economic 8/11/17.
Perhaps they realise what side their cod is battered on.
The salmon industry is a natural for an area such as the west coast with clean water and sheltered sea lochs although it does have some down sides in the form of some pollution and escape of fish etc.that should be manageable.
Good points and thanks for the laugh
Hi John et al. Since Priti Patel is in the news it might be worth reminding ourselves of her Parliamentary actions regarding Scotland. Can anyone else see a ‘theme’ developing in her Westminster voting record? (see below): Can’t help wondering if she maybe has an aversion to tartan or something?
On 7 Mar 2011: Priti Patel voted against devolving powers to Scotland to regulate those air weapons deemed so dangerous they need to be licenced or prohibited in the same way as a firearm.
On 7 Mar 2011: Priti Patel voted to return the responsibility for making laws in relation to certain elements of insolvency to from Scotland to the UK Parliament.
On 7 Mar 2011: Priti Patel voted to return responsibility for regulating health professionals in Scotland to UK Parliament
On 14 Mar 2011: Priti Patel voted against devolving power to the Scottish Parliament to tax quarrying and mining.
On 15 Mar 2011: Priti Patel voted not to devolve the powers relating to Scottish elements of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to the Scottish Government.
On 15 Mar 2011: Priti Patel voted against devolving responsibility for railway services which start and finish in Scotland to the Scottish Parliament.
On 15 Mar 2011: Priti Patel voted against making the Crown Estate accountable to the Scottish Government and to devolve powers related to the Crown Estate to Scotland.
On 15 Mar 2011: Priti Patel voted against devolving powers related to timescales, time zones and British Summer Time, to Scotland.
On 15 Mar 2011: Priti Patel voted against devolving powers relating food content and labeling to Scotland.
On 21 Jun 2011: Priti Patel voted against allowing the Scottish Parliament to tax the profits of companies.
On 26 Jan 2015: Priti Patel voted not to devolve the regulation of shale gas extraction in Scotland to the Scottish Parliament.
On 15 Jun 2015: Priti Patel voted against allowing the Scottish Parliament to take full control over taxation, borrowing and public spending in Scotland.
On 15 Jun 2015: Priti Patel voted against giving the Scottish Parliament powers over all areas except the constitution, foreign affairs, public service, defence, treason and pension changes which would affect the UK’s liabilities.
On 15 Jun 2015: Priti Patel voted against giving the Scottish Parliament a veto on the repeal of the Human Rights Act as it applies to Scotland.
On 15 Jun 2015: Priti Patel voted against requiring the UK Parliament to have the consent of the Scottish Parliament before legislating on devolved matters.
On 15 Jun 2015: Priti Patel voted against requiring the consent of the Scottish Parliament and of the Scottish people in a referendum before the Scottish Parliament can be abolished; and against strengthening the constitutional status of the Scottish Parliament.
On 29 Jun 2015: Priti Patel voted against giving Scotland full responsibility for taxation and spending in Scotland.
On 29 Jun 2015: Priti Patel voted against giving the Scottish Parliament powers over income tax in Scotland.
On 30 Jun 2015: Priti Patel voted against allowing the devolved Scottish administration to pay disability benefits in respect of lower level conditions.
On 30 Jun 2015: Priti Patel voted against allowing the devolved administration in Scotland to pay a carers benefit to those under 16 or in gainful employment, or in full time education.
On 30 Jun 2015: Priti Patel voted to require the agreement of the Secretary of State before Scottish Ministers can change regulations relating to benefit payments in respect of rent.
On 30 Jun 2015: Priti Patel voted against giving powers related to Housing Benefit in Scotland to the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Ministers.
On 30 Jun 2015: Priti Patel voted against giving the Scottish Parliament the ability to create new state benefits in Scotland.
On 30 Jun 2015: Priti Patel voted against giving the Scottish Parliament power over national insurance.
On 6 Jul 2015: Priti Patel voted against allowing the devolved administration in Scotland to introduce a requirement for gender balance among the members of the Scottish Parliament and members of boards of Scottish public authorities.
On 9 Nov 2015: Priti Patel voted against requiring the UK Parliament to have the consent of the Scottish Parliament before making laws applying to Scotland on devolved matters.
On 9 Nov 2015: Priti Patel voted against giving the Scottish Parliament the power to call a referendum on Scottish independence.
On 9 Nov 2015: Priti Patel voted to give the Scottish Parliament the power to set Scotland’s laws on abortion.
On 9 Nov 2015: Priti Patel voted against giving the Scottish Parliament the power to make laws on child tax credit, and working tax credit.
On 9 Nov 2015: Priti Patel voted against giving the Scottish Parliament powers related to equalities laws.