I have been a journalist for 20 years and a business specialist specialist since 1999 when I was Tokyo Correspondent for Sunday AM. I am interested in all areas of the business beat, particularly in diverse fields with the most potential to grow Scottish GDP, such as export-promotion, housebuilding, superfast broadband and the data processing sector.
Labour's John Park, a member of the Parliament's Economy, Enterprise and Tourism Committee and one of the few Scottish parliamentarians with industry experience, made the call after further details of the sourcing of the materials and labour for the project emerged from project director Transport Scotland (TS) following questions from the Sunday Herald.
It looks unlikely that construction, near-dead since 2008, will spring back to life in 2012. However, for the long-standing project of building a planning system that actually serves Scotland's interests, it could be a pivotal year.