Interesting interview of my erstwhile opponent by Colin Donald in today’s Sunday Herald (http://www.heraldscotland.com:80/business/markets-economy/gray-s-blueprint-1.1082576), not least because of what he says about himself:
“…one of the reasons we had not done as well as we would have hoped in 2007 was that in our eight years in government (Labour) had become a bit managerial in terms of how we tried to deliver. We had allowed our relationships with wider Scotland to atrophy.”
His economic vision is expressed in reactive terms: “reversing alleged SNP failures on transport projects like the Glasgow Airport Rail Link, which (I) pledge to restore, along with the air Route Development Fund, reintroduction of transitional rates relief for business, scrapping the Scottish Futures Trust and taking its functions in house”.
He pledges to “unblock the pipeline of public-sector infrastructure projects whose turning off by the SNP, allegedly on ideological grounds, (I) blame for the loss of £2 billion of infrastructure spending and 40,000 construction jobs over the last three years.” As Colin Donald observes: “One cause of that “ideological” opposition—Labour’s use of PFI to keep massive public liabilities off the books while funnelling grotesque profits to favoured contractors—goes unremarked.”
In this closely observed piece, Colin Donald’s analysis seems measured and fair: “No doubt Iain Gray is a highly competent Scottish Labour politician, his integrity and steel acknowledged by friend and foe. The question is whether Scotland’s faltering economic performance requires bolder measures than he – on the surface, at least – appears to be offering.”