Right. The horse has bolted. Mackenzie's Harris Tweed Mill is no longer operational. Lighthouse Caledonia has dismantled its plant at Marybank, and moved the machinery to Argyll. The Arnish Fabrication Yard may or may not reopen in the near future - read my post from 26 February on that particular industry. And now the Comhairle is suddenly and inexplicably finding itself confronted by this situation, appealing to the Scottish Government to help them out.
Great foresight. The Harris Tweed mill was in decline for a considerable period of time - I have made a conscious decision not to go into details on the Harris Tweed industry. The Marybank jobs were moved to the constituency of the very minister to whom the Comhairle is now appealing for assistance. I am flummoxed as to the reasoning behind all the promotion for the Clo Mor. We had a fashion show in An Lanntair over the weekend, for instance. What's the point, if we've lost the vast majority of processing capacity to one industrialist's failed foresight - and I'm being generous here.
I am also completely in the dark why the reopening of the Arnish Fabrication Yard has to take so much longer. I'm not privy to confidential negotiations, but one nasty niggle tells me that it may have to do with the 6 days a week working, whereas 7 could be possible. When Altissimo was in charge at the AFY, someone told me that people were working there 7/7, just keeping their heads down on a Sunday.
Having unleashed the torrent on the Sunday sailings issue in my last post, I think I can issue a call for 7 day working in Lewis for the sake of the economic situation. Because if we're not prepared to grasp that nettle, we're handsomely stabbing ourselves in the foot.