The Scottish Governments Council of Economic Advisers are saying what others have already been banging on about for some time, "lets build our way out of recession" That we are all Kensynans is not news, (well nearly all, save a few bampot tories who are so thurled to the market that any intervention is ideologically unacceptable, even if it helps stave off human suffering, but that's Tories for you!). What we need to be news is how we achieve this programme of public works.
We need three things:
1. The Scottish Government to make its Scottish (no) Futures Trust actually work.
2. Local Authorities (LAs) given cash not just as capital but also to borrow( forget new borrowing for Holyrood, LA's have more than enough powers to get what we need, they just need the cash).
3. The political will of those in power at LAs to make tough choices about what can be built and what will have to wait.
This is a time for risks, for big ideas and for serious leadership over decisions that might not be popular. History will show which we had in what quantity and tht consequences for the rest of those leaders that were lacking one or more of each department.
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