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The bitter dispute surrounding Arran’s new ferry took another twist this week. Hardly a day went by without one national newspaper or another talking about the possible nationalisation of the Ferguson Marine shipyard in Port Glasgow.

The story began on the BBC and has since been picked up by the majority of news organisations across the country, but without a single clarification that a word if it is true.

Central to the story appears to be finance secretary Derek Mackay who, it claimed, has taken the contract dispute out of the hands of Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL).

Mr Mackay, who was islands minister when the contract was signed, has always been said to have been unhappy to hand over control to first Humza Yousaf and later Paul Wheelhouse.

But why would he want to get involved now given the widespread financial uncertainties he has to deal with daily surrounding Brexit? Maybe he considers he can find a solution where others have not. Something Boris Johnston also appears to believe.

Whatever the next few weeks hold let us hope that for the sake of the workforce, the company, the Scottish Government and, not least, the travelling public of Arran that it is an outcome to suit everyone.