Dogs bark, cows moo and the SNP duck their failings. It seems as though every day brings fresh revelations about Nicola Sturgeon’s regime in Scotland as more and more questions are asked about her party’s record in office.
For Audit Scotland has now demanded a fresh review about how an initial £97 million deal for two vessels spiralled into a quarter of a billion pound disaster with two new lifeline vessels still out of service after six years. Stephen Boyle, the Auditor General, expressed his ‘frustration’ to MSPs over a failure to provide crucial evidence on why ministers went ahead with the contract – despite the concerns of the government’s ferry procurement body about a lack of financial guarantees that placed them at risk.
The auditors’ probe found there was no documented evidence to confirm why Scottish ministers were willing to accept the risks of awarding the contract, even though Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited flagged the risk at the time.