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  1. Not so smart M/ways -

    On the last point only - Virgin Trains East Coast , (which was 90% owned by Stagecoach and 10% Virgin Rail) had the franchise which was due to deliver a large premium payment to the government. From memory there are only two premium paying franchises. The plan they had assumed that there were improvements in speed and they were able to add capacity. That needed work from Network Rail and the new Azuma trains. All of which are late. The franchise revenues did not grow as needed for the business plan with the effect that the payment of the premium was coming from the rest of the Stagecoach group and not just East Coast Trains. That was putting strain on the ability of Stagecoach to run bus services all over the country and to support East Midlands Trains. As a consequence Stagecoach asked the government to terminate the franchise early. Eventually the government agreed. The result is that the franchisee of last resort took over using exactly the same staff as before but with a lower premium and that is now LNER. This is fairly clearly a franchising failure. You must decide for yourself if the way you chose to report the facts gave a reader who did not already know those facts a false impression that poor performance and incompetence meant that the VTEC franchised was nationalised to sort it out. The smile said you knew what you were doing! PS Double Deck trains (a won't fit on the loading guage of our old design railway routes and (b) take much longer to load and unload passengers and would make us able to have less trains with a net reduction in capacity not an increase.
  2. Not so smart M/ways -

    Here we go again with the public good private bad nonsense. The timetabling shambles was caused by the public Network Rail who did not have sufficient capacity to deal with the magnitude of amendments in the timescales mandated for small changes each year. Andrew Haines their chairman said that this week to a select committee. The congestion in Manchester is caused by long distance trains being sent from Victoria to Piccadilly so that services from everywhere can get to Manchester Airport to meet the financial plans and green veneer of the local authorities in Greater Manchester. There is insufficient capacity to let the trains stop at Piccadilly on the two platforms available and delays just build up. Cause politicians from Manchester driving Transport for the North, led by the idiot Andy Burnham. The same idiot also supports the RMT who are striking to save the guards on Northern trains that the company says aren't going to be removed anyway. The franchise legally requires most of them to be kept! The problem is that there is not requirement in the franchise to cancel the train if there is no guard available. So the RMT are actually striking to preserve industrial power to cause chaos to passengers!!! … the idiots in the North West support them... Turkeys --- Christmas! All this private rail chaos stuff is just left wing propaganda, railwaymen are relatively better paid in the private system it carries more passengers and is cleaner and safer. Where public ownership and control intervene it falls to pieces. The lefty position is not in touch with reality and is mostly propaganda.
  3. Spy games ?

    That wasn't what I asked you but I expect that evasion is all I will get since you don't want to be in contempt of court for the case that will not happen because the alleged culprits will be coddled by mother Russia and not subject to extradition!
  4. Spy games ?

    Obs, So with charges laid out and arrest warrants issued against individuals, albeit with false names, do you still agree with the Kremlin (and Corbyn) that it is all made up?
  5. Widow ?

    Dizzy, Obs was not correct in what he said. The majority judgement said that the law was in error and the authorities should not have required that they were married. If anything the action that they had to take was to start legal action and they still are not married. The European Convention on Human Rights is written to prevent mistreatment of citizens by Governments it therefore limits what states can require of its citizens and is not about specifying what should be required of them. Hence it is by design about rights and ensuring that they are not extinguished by responsibilities.
  6. About time ?

    Asp, we did carry on the old UK practice and the EU Directive 2000/84/EC changed the previous practice of deciding each year what the period of summer time would be. It was fixed to change clocks from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October. The reason given was to facilitate transport and communications across the union. The actual time in a country is a national matter and it is the period of summer time which is currently regulated to avoid time tables for cross border trains that are only valid for a week and confused everyone. Someone should have told Northern Rail about that!
  7. Widow ?

    Dizzy, your view is closest to what was in the majority verdict of the Supreme Court at least in terms of reasoning. The declaration was " (The law on WPA in Northern Ireland) ..was incompatible with article 8 of the ECHR in conjunction with article 14 "insofar as it restricts eligibility for Widowed Parent’s Allowance by reference to the marital status of the applicant and the deceased". The old Widows Pension was payable until a retirement pension became payable so decisions were based on the status of the surviving spouse. Now the payment is a benefit intended to help the children and it is their status which their lordships found should have been considered. The upshot is that this judgement appears to be narrowly focussed on WPA in Northern Ireland and is not a general change in the status of marriage, no matter how much one wants it to be or not to be! Both Viewpoints were aired in the judgment as one of the Judges had a wholly dissenting view. (Trying not to get you started !!!)
  8. Wonga no longer !

    Probably not. The World at One today said that they were destroyed by claims companies batching up claims for clients so that Wonga had to pay out even on false claims to avoid penalties for taking too long to process the claims. Doesn't seem like justice to me.
  9. The Jewish revolt

    Obs, I fear that you are thinking wishfully about it being a smokescreen. As far as I can see Jeremy Corbyn would choke on his cornflakes if he was ever required to say that the State of Israel has a right to exist. It is because he has so many relationships over so many years with those who oppose that State. A man with such an opinion so clearly on display simply could not negotiate with other countries on the UK's behalf, he is plainly unfit to govern. If the general public know that, and by now how could they not, a party led by him or his acolytes should not get into government. In first past the post you cannot choose who you don't want to win, the mechanisms are too crude. So the centre left, fear that they will be caught in the rush to not vote Labour other than in constituencies with a large number of unthinking voters. They are in self preservation mode. The electors also know very well that voting for an also ran (Lib Dem, UKIP, Green) as a protest vote means the one you don't want might still get in. These strategies have been discovered by all but the youngest electors. This time they will be told firmly a vote other than a Tory means you get Corbyn's comrades, and it will be true ((sarc)Perhaps they will put it on the side of a bus because we know that works (sarc/))! The traitorous SNP will be at it again to promote independence at any price for the rest of us. This lot has to happen now to save the country if Brexit goes tits-up, you wanted Brexit but Labour want to turn us all Communist even more than they want Brexit. But at its heart there is truth, it is not a smokescreen. The Anti-Semitism is real and it not having been seen and dealt with by stopping Corbyn is a demonstration of how elitist and ultimately amateurish Labour with Momentum now are, the parliamentary party must rue the day they agreed to put Corbyn up as leader to make the contest open.
  10. BoJo !

    Well what I thought he said was that he didn't like them and made a remark about them looking like post boxes. However he said they shouldn't be banned ( as they have in Denmark, which was the context of the remark). Cue "offenderati" (nice one, Asp). He was consistent and liberal, which deserves punishment appaently. The "offenderati" however think he should not have the right to express an opinion at all and various Tories think it is a good opportunity to knock the most popular candidate with conservative members for the role of their next leader! Meanwhile in the press it is the silly season, and hence back to Obs' point!!!
  11. Brexit

    asp, But what if the commercial waste bag was discarded and is it self re-cycled waste carrying personal waste.......with no payment involved?
  12. The Jewish revolt

    As Obs suggests it is rather complicated and not as simple as the media presents it today. The main political culprits I think were the US and the British forces just wanted to stop getting blown up!
  13. The Jewish revolt

    The split in labour is indeed more serious as when we get Barnier's planned no deal hard Brexit the tories will all unite behind the realisation that "the EU were out to get us all along". Labour meanwhile will still be split because their enemies are inside the country and the party. The centre are convinced that the left are stealing their party. What will the majority of the electorate think I wonder?
  14. The Jewish revolt

    But do you think that getting rid of Corbyn and McDonnell would stop Momentum destroying old Labour from the bottom and promoting a new set of communist leadership? It is Momentum that is threatening the moderates with re-selection not the leadership, they are just encouraging the mob but not directing them. Lansman is surely still dangerous without Corbyn.
  15. The Jewish revolt

    You may need to read more widely. Those criticising Israel also seem to be close to Hamas. That organisation is pledged to the destruction of the state of Israel. If that is the political position of a party in power in this country how do you expect the people complaining to feel about that. It must indeed seem like a threat to them. I don't think it is a right wing conspiracy it is much worse than that, but from the other side....