"he warned that lessons must be learned" "She said there were "big questions to be asked" ""We've said let's wait until the system is up and running and then look at lessons to be learned"
Always with the passive voice. 'Someone' has to learn a lesson. 'Someone' needs to answer questions. Not me! I didn't do anything wrong and neither did anyone I work with! Still wrong something did go and hauled over the coals someone should be. Just not anyone who actually worked on the project!
EDIT: Just found the comment about the recession that Ralph mentioned. The level of obliviousness required to make such a statement boggles the mind. Does this guy not live in Edinburgh? Did he not see the damage?
"I used to think it was a terrible thing that life was so unfair. Then I thought, 'what if life were fair, and all of the terrible things that happen to us came because we really deserved them?' Now I take great comfort in the general unfairness and hostility of the universe." — Marcus Cole, Babylon 5 — A Late Delivery from Avalon
When the half-line is a flop and becomes even more heavily subsidised Edinburgers will soon punish politicians at all levels for it. The blame game has been going on for so long now somebody's head has to roll.
I chuckled this morning when even people who have been involved with the (relatively) more successful recent years were trying to wash the hands of it.
Oh and apparently, despite months of testing, engineers were still out yesterday trying to tie in traffic lights in the larger area into the tram line operation. That's Edinburgh's new fully integrated public transport system for you.
So... Folk felt like it wasn't in their interests to cooperate with a non-statutory inquiry... This may have been a rather poor tactical decision on their part I feel. Did they really think that the Scottish Government wouldn't allow the enquiry to compel their evidence?
So the tram chief has quit and they need a new one. £80k a year apparently to run one half of one line. That seems...disproportionate. For running a country-wide transport system perhaps that wage could fit...
Meanwhile more community services and jobs and wages go down the pan in Edinburger while we all have to pay for this fucking useless tram we don't need.
Considering the huge swatches of cuts to services I am somewhat troubled to learn that somehow money can always be found when it comes to trams. Just this week I've learned that most of the public toilets stealth vanished but by God the Trams and anything to do with them must be funded at all costs!