In Britain we don’t have a transport policy, oh no - we have “chaos”.
At least once a month headlines scream “Road Chaos”, “Chaos on the trains” etc.The CBI (who speak on behalf of industry) recently warned that the economy was being badly damaged because goods and people can’t move around properly.
When Blair came to power he found the biggest, most incompetent buffoon he could lay his hands on, (John Prescott) and put him in charge of transport. This lack of planning or interest in transport has been a feature of all the governments I can remember.
The rail system is a farce (not a very funny one, since a number of accidents have claimed lives), but today I heard something that left me stunned at the depths of human stupidity:-
I turned on the radio to hear some guy saying sadly "well we warned them before they ordered the new trains to make sure there was room for the passenger’s luggage as well as the passengers themselves – and they ignored us.” “They” turned out to be Virgin Rail and some oily spokes-thing for Virgin explained that, yes it was true that there was no room on the trains for luggage, but this was fine – they would just sent it by road!
The interviewer asked “why not just add an extra carriage?” “Ooo no, much too expensive.”
“But… road is much slower than rail, people’s luggage will be late.” “Ha! We will send it a couple of days earlier!”
At this point I checked the date – no, not April 1st, this fuckwit’s being serious!
Well I’m guessing they’re not intending to come to my house to pick up luggage, and even if they did there isn’t a chance in hell I’d trust the Virgin dipsticks to get my things to the right end of the country in one piece.
So it looks like I’ll be flying or driving north for Christmas.
(Oh well, at least I didn’t call this “Virgin on the ridiculous” :rolleyes: )