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

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    Jamie, I hesitate to throw a hostage to fortune by agreeing with Kassandra’s usual aggressively polarised pronouncements, but I do think that there’s a valid argument in suggesting that London’s dancing to a different tune. Not just extreme wealth (some of it fired by dodgy money from God know’s where) fuelling ridiculous housing costs – there are really bad problems of ethnic and economic polarisation, which fuels violent crime just as the dodgy money fuels economic crime on a massive scale, to the detriment of the whole of Britain. And despite very high public transport charges relative to comparable cities, London’s infrastructure investments seem to be sucking money out of the rest of Britain.
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    Very well said. Yawn.
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    Sounds very ambitious – and a real political hot potato for a state-owned operator if it proved loss-making.
    In the past Calmac operated the Ballycastle – Rathlin ferry, outside Scotland, and could surely bid for this again, being a good operational ‘fit’ with their business.
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    Longshanks, you really are talking cobblers.
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    This is surely an idea that deserves vigorous investigation.

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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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