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In fact the yet-to-be-completed Kings Cross station project …

Comment posted The eurozone crisis and the Independence referendum: time for proactive postponement? by Robert Wakeham.

In fact the yet-to-be-completed Kings Cross station project is costing £547m, and has been desperately needed for a very long time, but it took the Olympics to force the government’s hand. The sheer long-term neglect of East London infrastructure, and the utter squalor of some areas (notably the Lea valley stretching well beyond the Olympics zone), part of a hugely wealthy city, is a shameful indictment of the quality of Westminster – and London local – governments of all political hues for a very long time. I suspect that regeneration of equally squalid areas on the east side of Glasgow proceeded far faster, and I’m more outraged by the liberal use of lottery money for some of the Olympic developments than of other public money.
The cable car was originally costed at £25m, to be entirely privately financed, but the cost has increased to £60m, with Emirates sponsoring £36m and the £24m balance to be paid for by ‘third party funding and fare revenue’ Just two examples of actual project cost, but it’s indicative of a more complex funding pattern than you suggest, and I might ask you how the enormous cost overrun on the Holyrood parliament building, and the colossal bill for the new Forth road bridge, are being funded – if not from the tax payer?

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  • We were tribal/feudal once, Karl – ‘always will be’? (ps an interesting bit on the business outlook in Basra on the beeb R4 this morning, not optimistic in the short term)
  • At least the pandas look more cuddly than Donald Trump, but all the same I’d let the First Minister cuddle them first.
  • Dave: Surely the LibDems have bounced back from being on life support before, and anyone who dismisses them as irrelevant should take the time to listen to Shirley Williams expound on just about any subject under the sun.
    Whatever mainstream party people support, it’s surely much more healthy to have more than just two main players slugging it out and often polarising sensible debate toward two less and less palatable extremes? When I was a kid I thought that two-party democracy was the cat’s whiskers, but over the years I’ve become less and less sure, and the predictably grotesque antics of money-fuelled heavyweight political rivals in the United States makes me thankful for the variety in this country.

Recent comments by Robert Wakeham

  • With Heb Isles in for repairs, CalMac charters replacement vessel to reduce underprovision for Islay
    Scott Smith – you give the impression that you have advance knowledge of future vessel deployments, but you get your dates, boats and places jumbled up. Any chance you could clarify these, please?
  • With Heb Isles in for repairs, CalMac charters replacement vessel to reduce underprovision for Islay
    A movable mezzanine deck that can’t be repaired unless the ship is dry docked?
    Sounds a bit like a car that needs dismantling before the oil can be changed. I wonder if someone specified some really exotic features on that mezzanine deck that no commercial ship owner in their right mind would dream up in their worst nightmare – but which the ship builder was only too happy to install, if the price was right?
  • With Heb Isles in for repairs, CalMac charters replacement vessel to reduce underprovision for Islay
    The comments on this particular thread (at least, those that are relevant and not just trying to make everything political) can be read as reflecting wider concerns, and it’s now being reported in the newspapers that the seriously inadequate response of Calmac when the Hebridean Isles had to be withdrawn from service for repairs in the middle of the summer tourist season is going to be reviewed at a meeting in Islay in October, reportedly to be hosted by our MSP, to hold Calmac, Transport Scotland and the Government to account.
    Hopefully they’ll have the sense to leave the bullshit on the mainland.
  • With Heb Isles in for repairs, CalMac charters replacement vessel to reduce underprovision for Islay
    The BBC Scottish News website today has a lengthy item about Calmac’s trials and tribulations with the good ship Isle of Arran.
    However, it’s really only padding out the previously known facts as deemed suitable for release by Calmac, and leaves the details of the boat’s problems unexplained. It’s basically a case of ‘bear with us, there’ll be jam tomorrow’.
    Someone needs to spell out to the Calmac management – and our Holyrood politicians – that if you drive an old banger that wouldn’t pass its MOT and gave the police some feeble excuse about not being able to find spare parts you’d wind up in court.
    The BBC could at least have asked Calmac to explain what sort of problems were making the boat more susceptible to weather cancellations – and as to the Finlaggan running about with a broken mezzanine deck and the Heb Isles crashing into Kennacraig pier, maybe the BBC consider these matters to be unworthy of reporting, let alone investigation.
  • With Heb Isles in for repairs, CalMac charters replacement vessel to reduce underprovision for Islay
    Quoting me out of context, NCH – but it’s nice to know that you read my despicable comments in the Herald, as well as enthusiastically scrutinising this, your favourite despicable blog. Chin up, don’t let your enemies get you down.

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