Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Salmond spends £400k on London visitor centre... but no one turns up!

It was billed by First Minister Alex Salmond as Scotland’s London ‘embassy’, aimed at attracting foreign investment into the country.

But the exclusive Pall Mall club hired by the Scottish National Party for the duration of the Games was largely empty yesterday.

Mr Salmond was widely condemned for spending £400,000 of taxpayers’ money hiring the Army and Navy Club – described by critics as a ‘vanity project’.

Ministers had hoped to create a ‘hive of activity’, attracting masses of foreign interest in Scottish industries – but the venue’s lavish conference suites and hosting rooms were mostly unoccupied. Read More