It appears that there is no truth in the rumour that Jeremy Corbyn is set to return to Scotland over the next few celebratory days heralding in the opening of the magnificent new road bridge over the Forth. There were strong whispers that he would return to walk across the surface of the waters beside the giant legs burrowed into the riverbed and take a bow every five or six steps to an adoring massed audience of 39 Labour activists, 25 of whom who would have came with him from London on the same National Express coach.
However being a humble modern day prophet he simply refuses to take any credit for the massive structure, an engineering marvel coming in £245m under budget, which only overran on its proposed schedule by ten weeks over a six year construction period, a project where 15,000 workers were inducted to be employed during that period, and Scottish companies benefitted from sub contracts and supply deals to the tune of £350m.
No, fresh from suggesting that the leadership of his Scottish branch disciples (who have apparently now stopped knifing him in between the shooderblades) miraculously saved what’s left of the Scottish steel industry, ignoring the facts that this this is entirely untrue, and that steel production in Scotland is an industry that the Tories and his own party systematically decimated over decades, Jezza feels he should step back out of the spotlight on this one and leave the visionary who made it all possible, Gordy Broon, to take centre stage. Gordy becoming the British state media face and voice of the bridge by the simple reasoning that his former constituency is nearby and he represents Britain, always loudly, rather than Scotland.
As far as the media and unionist politicians and commentators will have you believe the Queensferry Crossing is a feat of British engineering, British ingenuity, an example of the British bulldog spirit, British pluck and the stuff that built an empire, set to be opened by the adored British hereditary head of state. What a load of bollocks.
Step forward and take a bow the government of Scotland. The credit goes entirely to them. That ‘vanity project’ the ‘Salmond Folly’ that Brown and his red and blue compadres refused to fund or support, the bridge they said that Scotland would never need, until the older Forth Road Bridge was shut for an extended time causing chaos, will be a tremendous success.
This is Scotland’s bridge. A symbol of the new Scotland, the coming Scotland, a Scotland vibrant, positive and confident in its own abilities. Do not let anybody tell you any different.