106 jobs with the MoD at RAF Lossiemouth is being trumpeted across BBC Scotland output. The Minister is hosted and the supposed interview is no more than a fawning chat.
The truth of the situation is not explored and yet BBC Scotland quietly reported the facts in on their website in 2016:
A new academic study shows the decline in employment by the Ministry of Defence, down by nearly a quarter in the past eight years. The research has been carried out by the Fraser of Allander Institute at Strathclyde University. In 2008, when the economics institute last reported on the defence sector, there were 23% more jobs in uniformed and MoD civilian roles. The number of civilian MoD employees has fallen from 6,500 to 3,730 in eight years – a time of government budget cuts. The number in military roles is down from 12,400 in 2008 to 10,100 this year.
So, 106 jobs is a mere 0.77% increase on the 13 830 civilian and military jobs in Scotland.
Remember Scotland hosts almost all of the UK’s nuclear deterrent, using up 10% of the annual budget and 25% of the capital budget from 2018 to 2030, yet its share of civilian employment has fallen to 8.5%.