from Sunday Herald, 27 March 2005
For months, without anyone suspecting it, the report has been lying around inside the Scottish Executive like an unexploded bomb. No-one, apart from ministers and their closest advisers, has been allowed to see it.
It was not released in response to requests under the Freedom of Information Act, and no hint of its contents percolated to the outside world. Asked when it was due, spin doctors happily replied that they "hadn't a scooby".
Then, late on the last working day before the Easter holiday, the 188-page report of the public inquiry into the M74 extension suddenly lurched into public view. And all the private political angst that it must have been causing became plain.