Nerves of steel can save our iconic industries

STEELY determination is the phrase that perhaps defines the fight to save Tata’s plants in Scotland.

Last year, the fate of steel workers at Dalzell and ­Clydebridge hung in the balance. That remains the case for workers elsewhere in the UK.

But in Scotland the SNP Government have stepped in to save this iconic industry – not because it is iconic but because steelmaking underpins any successful industrial policy.

That is why the SNP ­Government were absolutely right to broker a deal which will see them buy the plants, then pass them to new owner Liberty House.

As the SNP’s Clare Adamson, granddaughter of Lanarkshire steel workers, wrote this week: “In the past, Scotland’s iconic industries were left to wither and die by remote ­Westminster governments.

“It is clear that when we face ­difficult economic challenges, only an SNP Government can be trusted to work in partnership with businesses and trade unions to protect jobs.”

That’s what the SNP did when closure threatened Ferguson’s shipyard in Port Glasgow. Alex Salmond, then first minister, found a buyer.

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