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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    Nit-picking, I know, but a couple of points:
    The A90 to Aberdeen was far from being the best road in Scotland, last time I used it – it might be a dual carriageway, but it suffers from dangerous, and grubby, laybys with no separation from the road (compare with the single carriageway A82 along Loch Lomondside), it suffers from dangerous minor road junctions on the level, with agricultural vehicles crossing the central reservation – as well as hosting a considerable number of pinstripe suited gents driving large and very fast cars well above the national speed limit. And if Inverness is ‘Tesco Town’, perhaps Dundee should be re-named ‘Roundabout Town’
    And, further north, it surely takes the same time to drive to Wick as to Thurso.
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    So the ferries would run themselves?
  • Astonishing infrastructural deficiency threatens Oban’s business development
    So you’re one of the ‘can’t be done’ brigade – why not, for goodness sake?
  • Astonishing infrastructural deficiency threatens Oban’s business development
    ‘…no new connections have been allowed for years’ – the ‘can’t be done’ school of thought, so easily criticised from the other side of the pond as a British disease, we need this sort of restriction like a hole in the head..
    This is surely a festering scandal, with Campbeltown, Oban and Dunoon contending with varying degrees of geographical disadvantage in the search for healthy local economies.
    It’s a privatised utility, but for all I know it was the same story before privatisation – and do our governments really have no say when this utility is being managed against the public interest?
    Today the energy utilities are reporting huge rises in their profits, so maybe we need a touch of Greek-style re-nationalisation of energy distribution businesses?
  • Astonishing infrastructural deficiency threatens Oban’s business development
    A touch smug, Mr Stanger – there was a hotel on the site before.
    I don’t know whether you live in Oban, but I always wonder at the extraordinary infrastructural deficit in the Oban road network, with just about all traffic between the north and Oban / southern Argyll being funnelled through the ‘bealach’, no sign of a link road around the inland side of the town and the only thing resembling a bypass being the low-speed single track road of extremely limited capacity (and even less passing places) between Connel and Kilmore.
    Add to this the really remarkable lack of proper pavements on some of the busiest streets, and the quite incomprehensible failure to create a link road from the Glenshellach area through the back of Lochavullin to the Albany Street / Shore Street junction, and you’ve got a picture of catastrophic complacency. Or is it smugness?

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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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