Assuming that the phrase ‘shovel ready’ is from …

Comment posted MSPs play for Check on capital spending for economic recovery by Robert Wakeham.

Assuming that the phrase ‘shovel ready’ is from across the pond, there’s another useful word that might get adopted here, when a project is described as having ‘all the permits’. This catch-all encompasses everything from planning and building permission to SEPA, the marine authorities, MOD, civil aviation, Crown Estate (heaven forfend) – you name it.

Recent comments by Robert Wakeham

  • Indy and the Monarchy
    How d’you mean, ‘protecting the unspeakable’?
  • Indy and the Monarchy
    I don’t have it back to front at all – I’m sure that the Israelis would be keen to see Assad & co get their comeuppance, and the way I read it is that Russian pride, obduracy and cynicism led to them protecting the unspeakable – and as soon as pouring fuel on the flames fired up the extremists to jump in it became much less easy for moderate nations to give material support to the uprising. So don’t accuse me of having it back to front, just to rationalise your view of Russia.
  • Indy and the Monarchy
    You distort the history of the Syria tragedy – it started with local, peaceful demonstrations against brutal and corrupt local officials, and those grassroots protests didn’t involve funding by anyone.
    It was only after Assad’s junta started their brutal crackdown, supported by Russia, that the floodgates opened and the Islamic extremists muscled in to make it their war, without much regard to the impact on the local people.
    Russia, by it’s support of a thugocracy, has opened the floodgates to extremist Islamic nutters, and (as in Bosnia) sowed the seeds for young moslems in the West to become radicalised.
    Did Putin, Lavrov & co. really not see this coming? They’d already seen what happened in Chechnya. Did they not consider the impact of idealistic young moslems in Western Europe becoming radicalised? – remember Glasgow airport.
    Do you think Putin & co are stupid? I doubt it – in his case, there’s resentment at Russia’s loss of power and territory, and I’m sure there’s personal vanity – he’s not the ‘superman’ that he likes to be portrayed, and this was clear in his handling of the Kursk submarine disaster.
  • SNP choose one of the local party’s wrecker balls as Oban South and the Isles by-election candidate
    Given that the SNP, in the form of the government, seem keen to emphasise that the upcoming referendum on the future of Scotland is not a vote for the SNP (ie they’re just rooting for independence, and thereafter people can vote for whatever political party they wish) – I fail to understand why they ever got involved in local authority politics in the first place, they’re not the Argyll Independence Party.
  • Indy and the Monarchy
    Talking of Kate’s dress etc, and the current media fixation on the state visit of the infant Prince George to the Antipodes, does anyone know why the Royals named it after a lumber town in the interior of British Columbia? Trying to keep Canada ‘on side’, in the event that Scotland goes 100% plebeian?

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3 Responses to Assuming that the phrase ‘shovel ready’ is from …

  1. I fail to see how the exchange will create one job.

    Labour have promised to create 1000 jobs in East Dunbartonshire. Let’s see how many are created in six months. Actions speak louder than words.

    Will Jackie apologise if Labour does not deliver, now that would be a first!

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  2. Disappointing response from Jackie Baillie aimed more at trying to score points over the SNP than addressing unemployment.

    I quite like the term “shovel ready”. It encapsulates the essential components of the idea neatly within two words: “shovel” indicates that it is referring to capital expenditure on building projects and “ready” implies that the projects can be started without any delays and so will be able to stimulate the economy, employment and infrastructure without delay. What would you suggest as an alternative phrase that would encapsulate the same concepts equally succinctly?

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    • Assuming that the phrase ‘shovel ready’ is from across the pond, there’s another useful word that might get adopted here, when a project is described as having ‘all the permits’. This catch-all encompasses everything from planning and building permission to SEPA, the marine authorities, MOD, civil aviation, Crown Estate (heaven forfend) – you name it.

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