Making few waves in the news, at the end of March 2022, a story revealing the accuser to be a big fibber himself, is worth considering when we look at the current Scottish MSM feeding frenzy suggesting that the FM lied.
From the Scotsman, of all places, on the 29th March:
Answering questions from MSPs in Holyrood, the finance secretary emphatically rejected accusations from the tycoon the deal for hulls 801 and 802 were rushed for political purposes.
Mr McColl told the BBC on Tuesday morning that there had been a “fabulous propaganda exercise” by the SNP to shift blame on to Ferguson’s for the five year delay to the vessels which were supposed to go into service in 2018.
Kate Forbes accused Jim McColl of “shifting the blame” on the ferries fiasco
Ms Forbes said it was “entirely wrong” the contract award was “rushed”, stating that the timetable did not “support that notion” and that all procurement processes were followed.
Attacking Mr McColl, she added: “Contrary to what Jim McColl said this morning on the BBC, it was the chief executive of CMAL and Jim McColl himself who signed the contract.
“This is a man with a clear interest in shifting the blame on others when the route cause ultimately to the delays of these important vessels was the construction under FMEL (Ferguson Marine).”https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/ferries-fiasco-kate-forbes-attacks-jim-mccoll-and-accuses-him-of-shifting-the-blame-on-ferries-scandal-3631756