Witness this adulatory comment from 4 August:
Alasdair Allan commented: “This new scheme will involve 8,506 households in the Islands being contacted in the first phase and offered free advice on energy efficiency measures.And this, today:
For individuals, the scheme will bring a much-
needed boost to insulation installers and other contractors, and will leave a legacy of reduced heating bills for many islanders.
I have therefore asked the minister if he would be able to confirm how much money is to be allocated to the Western Isles, how the scheme is to be set up locally and how contractors are to be appointed locally.Well, let's start with the fact that the scheme applies only to Lewis & Harris, which neither Mr Allan nor the Government made clear in the big print headlines, nor have we any details of how much cash the Council will get to set-up and deliver a scheme before the end of March.
Or what restrictions will be placed on delivery.
Or how contractors are to be selected.
Or even if the capacity is there to deliver everything before the end of March, when the public sector is prone to have a spend-it-or-lose-it binge.
Never mind that in 2007 home heating was a 'priority' issue for him and that in 2008 it was (supposedly) the biggest single item in his postbag, he seems to have lost sight of what was happening, or what was actually being proposed by the Government.
Too busy writing the (self-)congratulatory press releases, until the Council highlighted the problems this week.
Cllr Peter Carlin said: “This is the biggest farce I’ve come across.”
Cllr Angus McCormack said it was “absurd and crazy” to exclude Uist and Barra.