Oil news kept quiet

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer View -

I still love watch­ing Fools and Horses on TV as Del and Rod­ney’s schemes go awry and they find them­selves in soapy-bub­ble.

John Maxwell (Re­former letters, Au­gust 20) could do no bet­ter than to watch the show and learn from the hap­less broth­ers’ ex­ploits be­fore he again puts pen to pa­per.

Firstly, I do not be­lieve there is a con­spir­acy over the po­ten­tial of North Sea Oil (or West Coast Oil for that mat­ter). How­ever, there does ap­pear to be a lack of me­dia cov­er­age about re­cent news from the oil sec­tor.

For in­stance, the fol­low­ing an­nouce­ments made in just the last two weeks: TAQA (Abu Dhabi Na­tional En­ergy Com­pany) £2.5 bil­lion in­vest­ment in the new Dar­win Field and ex­ist­ing Cor­morant field ex­pected to pro­duce 300 mil­lion bar­rels over the next 35 years; Xcite Oil an­nounc­ing its Bent­ley oil field is ex­pected to pro­duce 700 mil­lion bar­rels over the same pe­riod and BP an­nounc­ing its Clair Ridge Project will pro­vide 640 mil­lion bar­rels.

To­tal value of just th­ese four fields is worth over £500 bil­lion and of course there are many more.

I do won­der why that such good news did not re­ceive any cov­er­age in the na­tional me­dia.

Se­condly, as to the NHS. Yes, the Scot­tish NHS is de­volved (thank goodness), Yes, the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment could in­crease tax to make up any short­fall in its block grant but if John Maxwell’s so­lu­tion to Lon­don cuts is to make Scots pay more for their NHS than the rest of the UK then he has shot him­self, and the No hop­ers campaign, in the foot.

Fi­nally, Mr Maxwell ac­cuses Yes cam­paign­ers of say­ing nasty things then he him­self uses a string of ad­jec­tives in­clud­ing big­ots and racists to de­scribe sup­port­ers of in­de­pen­dence. Ouch, there goes his other foot.

Having left him­self with­out a leg to stand on Mr Maxwell can con­sider him­self for­tu­nate that Derek Trot­ter is not a Re­former reader.

I can imag­ine Del’s re­sponse to Mr Maxwell’s writ­ings: “What a plonker!” Coun­cil­lor Gordon Clark, SNP, Ruther­glen Cen­tral and North Ward.

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