One of the strangest, most heartening stories of last week involved Calvin Harris and a fish factory.
You’ll be familiar with Calvin Harris. He’s the Scottish superstar DJ who knows when to drop the beat and make millions – like a more tanned, taller, dance version of Ed Sheeran.
The fish factory is called Pinneys and is found in the small southern Scottish town of Annan. It currently employs 450 people and is under threat of closure. The parent company, Young’s, are planning to shut up shop and move production to Grimsby. In a further unwelcome twist, it has emerged that Young’s themselves are now looking for a buyer. It is a mess.
It matters not a jot whether May or Corbyn are spinning local election results as positive for them, because on local streets people are suffering and jobs are melting away. Interventions need to come from beyond government now
Harris is involved as he comes from the area and once worked in Pinneys. When he heard about the threatened closure, he got in touch with the local council and asked what he could do to help.
The most straightforward answer – buy Pinneys, turn from Dua Lipa collaborations and become a fish-processing magnate – was, for common sense reasons, not the first one.
Conversations are currently ongoing on what practical things Harris can do.