SCOTTISH ministers admitted they would land the taxpayer with a compensation bill running into six figures by cancelling a multimillion-pound shipping contract, it was claimed last night.
SCOTLAND'S Auditor General has been asked to launch a formal investigation into Ross Finnie's decision to cancel the contract for a £10 million fisheries protection vessel.
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THE search for a replacement for the director general of the CBI has begun, with a number of head-hunting firms expected to be appointed soon.
ENVIRONMENT Minister Ross Finnie has urged the public to have their say on the future of the water industry amid growing anger over large increases in domestic and business water bills.
THE fuss engendered by Ross Finnie’s famous rebuke to Digby Jones, first revealed in Scotland on Sunday last week, only served to let the CBI director general off the hook as far as his economic thinking is concerned.
THE beleaguered environment minister, Ross Finnie, was last night backed by Jack McConnell who described him as the "right guy for the job".
IT HAS been impossible to open the papers in the past few days without being confronted by the jowly chops of Ross Finnie, although the number of sightings is distorted by numerous pictures of his dopp-elganger, Captain Mainwaring.
ROSS Finnie was battling for his future as a minister last night after being forced to apologise for giving wrong information to the Scottish Parliament.
ROSS Finnie was at the centre of another embarrassing row last night after admitting he misled MSPs during a highly-charged debate on the recent health crisis affecting water supplies.
IT’S A lamentable tale from start to finish, the story of Ross and Digby, and the row that erupted after last Friday’s Confederation of British Industry dinner in Glasgow. In the blue corner, we have Digby Jones, UK director-general of the CBI, the chap who thought Friday’s dinner a suitable occasion to repeat his allegation - apparently unsupported by any significant evidence - that anti-English attitudes in Scotland are having a serious detrimental effect on the Scottish economy.
"ENGLISH prat? No-one ever calls you English prat. English b****** maybe, but never English prat."
JACK McConnell, the First Minister, intervened from South Africa yesterday to demand that Ross Finnie, his embattled rural affairs minister, apologise immediately for calling Britain’s top business leader an "English prat".
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