Too much spin in frack­ing de­bate

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Letters -

Ineos and ReachCSG are cur­rently in court chal­leng­ing the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to con­vert a mora­to­rium on frack­ing, pic­tured right, into an in­def­i­nite ban. Ad­vo­cate James Mure, QC, act­ing for the Gov­ern­ment, shocked ev­ery­one when he said there was no for­mal ban and that ‘the con­cept of an ef­fec­tive ban is a gloss’. Like a scene from Yes Min­is­ter, the pre­vi­ous as­sur­ances of Ni­cola Stur­geon have proved to be full of spin with no sub­stance – just like so many of her prom­ises. I ex­pect Gov­ern­ment spin doc­tors are al­ready work­ing on a plan to get it out of the hole it dug for it­self. No won­der the SNP needs 44 of them – at tax­pay­ers’ ex­pense. Clark Cross, Lin­lith­gow

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