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.

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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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