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What happened to offshore jobs?

I was extremely lucky to play some golf over the fabulous Crail Links in glorious winter sunshine, a rare treat in these difficult times.

As I played round I couldn’t help but notice the cable-laying vessel for the cutely-named Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm. A strange choice of name considering Gaelic was not spoken in Fife.

I couldn’t help but reflect: how can it be that the French national electricity company can build a wind farm for its profit and contribute hardly a manufacturing job to our local area? Are our politicians of both Westminster and Holyrood terminally stupid and naive?

How have we got to such a place that we cannot mandate such jobs as a requirement of such contracts? Where is Scottish Enterprise in this? It is extolling the benefits of wind but not generating real skilled jobs.

We must be off our tiny little heads. If someone mentions Scotland as the Saudi Arabia of Renewables to me I won’t be responsible for my actions.

We really need to get a grip.

Ian McNair, Cellardyke, Fife.