10 MAY 2010


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Article from BTNews 10 MAY 2010

COMMENT: The British Election

The outcome of the UK election last week seems to have been a complete British fudge, for which sadly we seem to be famous. 

Once again a decision has been put off and nobody is certain of the way forward.

Fortunately AERBT is not a political circular and therefore can refrain from making a real statement of how the situation affects the business travel situation, but one thing for sure, major long term projects such as Heathrow’s third runway, high speed rail, and even Crossrail, will be further delayed, with all the consequences. 

No decision on these ventures is bad news, and expensive.  Instead of being looked at from a purely practical and economic point of view they will become part of Parliamentary horse trading.  Not a good idea.  The quicker another election the better.

Your Editor however feels that he must make a single observation on the whole business. 

In the unlamented House of Commons just past, when confronted with the question of excessive expenses the standard MP’s response was “I acted within the rules,” without any regard at all to the morals of the action.

All will be changed for the new sitting they said.

The current (and unelected) Prime Minister is now in power without a mandate, neither in terms of votes nor the winning of seats.  “I am acting within the rules,” he says. 

Goodbye the promises.  Nothing has changed.  The total lack of ethics is the same, whether it be mere Members of Parliament or the Prime Minister.

Malcolm Ginsberg

Editor in Chief

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